Local authors awarded gold
The Florida Authors and Publishers Association recently handed out its prestigious annual President's Awards to three local authors - Judith C. Loose, known as J.C. Ferguson, Alice Oldford and Patti Brassard Jefferson - all members of the Gulf Coast Writers Association.
"The award winners represent some of the very best books published by national and Florida writers and presses in the past year and a half,"?Chris Angerman, president of the FAPA, said.
Thirty-five judges made the call.
Loose's novel, "The Janus Code," won gold in the action/suspense category. Oldford's book, "Recipes and Life: Life is Too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen," garnered the gold in the Home and Garden category. Jefferson achieved a silver medal for "Stu's Big Party," a children's picture book she wrote and illustrated.
For more information about the Gulf Coast Writers Association, go to: www.gulfwriters.org.
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.
Vegetable gardening program scheduled
A "Crash Course in Veggie Gardening" program will be held on Sept. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the East County Regional Library, at 881 Gunnery Road.
The program is free and will run approximately one and a half hours, with an additional half hour for questions and answers.
The program is presented by the UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Agriculture program.
For information, contact at Karen Harty at (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.
Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
An informal gardener's chat is held beforehand at 5:30 p.m.
The guest speaker is Roy Beckford, Lee County UF/IFAS Extension director and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent. He will talk about how to grow strawberries like a professional grower.
For details, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883
Free clown class
Members of The Caloosa Clown Alley will present a free class, "Introduction to Clowning," on Oct. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Iona McGregor Fire District's Station 74, at 6061 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers.
The class will cover clown history, makeup demonstration and balloon animals.
A firehouse open house will take place afterward until 3 p.m.
Seating is limited.
For information and reservations, contact Kayo the Clown at (239) 995-8881 or Turkleberry the Clown at (239) 218-1057.
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 fall swim lessons offered beginning in September, with a wide range of skill levels taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. Classes available for ages 6 months to adult. Receive eight classes for just $50.
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 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.