Gulf Coast Writers to host meeting
The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.
The speaker will be Mary Patton, a digital book composer from the Concurrent Technologies Corporation. She will discuss the process of turning a hardcopy into a digital book.
Patton is currently designing Electronic Press Kits for television and film actors and is completing a digital fantasy novel to be the subject of an Internet web series.
Members and first-time visitors are free; guests are $5.
For information, visit online at: www.gulfwriters.org or call (239) 247-4515.
Edible Gardening Exchange speaker
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
The guest speaker is Gene McAvoy, the Hendry County Extension director and the regional specialized vegetable extension agent for the five-county Southwest Florida region.
McAvoy will discuss when fall edible crops should be started and transplanted locally.
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 Aug. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McDonald's, at 13741 N. Cleveland Ave., North 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 530-8883.
The VegHeads are in need of assistance with supplies. Items needed include a special refrigerator to store seeds, a food dryer, desiccant, a food sealer, bulk seeds and office supplies.
For information on how to make monetary donations, search for "VegHeads" at: eventbrite.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:
- Sept. 5
- Oct. 3
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 5.
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.
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 swim 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 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. At least 10 people must be signed up for a class to take place.
For the full schedule, visit: www.HealthyHarvestFarms.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.
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 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.