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Of Special Note (3/22/17)

March 22, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Artists of the Month named

- Wanda Poulin, of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Joyce Groot, of Amherst Island, Lake Ontario, Canada, are the Artists of the Month for March at the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizens Center, at 219 Plaza Drive. For information, call 239-369-5355.

- Linda Steele is the Artist of the Month for March at the Arts of the Inland Gallery in the cafe at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, at 1500 Lee Blvd. Contact 239-303-5849 or

Dr. Seuss Month at Lee County Animal Services

Lee County Domestic Animal Services is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday in March by giving $25 off of the adoption fees.

People who bring a children's book to donate to the pet therapy program at the Children's Advocacy Center will receive an additional $10 off their adoption.

Applications may be submitted online at: or at the shelter.

Pets currently available may be viewed online. The website updates hourly.

Adoption hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The adoption fee for all pets includes: spay/neuter surgery; age-appropriate vaccinations; flea treatment; de-worming; heartworm test for dogs six months or older; feline aids and leukemia test for cats; a Lee County license for pets three months or older; behavior help line; microchip pet ID; and a 10-day health guarantee.

The total adoption package is valued at more than $500.

County announces Passport Weeks

The Lee County Clerk of Court and Lee County Tax Collector will host Passport Weeks on:

- Today-March 25: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- May 15-20: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is encouraged to review passport information before coming to the office.

To see if you qualify for a renewal by mail, visit online at:

Required fees, documents and more can be found online. Select the "Passports link" or call 239-533-5007 to get things started.

The Recording Office is at 2115 Second St., Second Floor, Fort Myers.

Community Yard Sale accepting vendors

The Lehigh Acres Community Yard Sale will be held on March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S.

Registration is required in advance, as spaces are limited.

The price is $5 per space with a maximum of three spaces per person; bring your own tables and chairs.

Setup starts at 7 a.m. Adults must work the tables; children should be supervised at all times.

For information, call the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-369-1521 or visit:

LCSO to hold safety seminars

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will host a series of educational seminars at the United Healthcare Medicare Store, at 6900 Daniels Parkway, Unit 23-C, Fort Myers.

The following dates and topics are planned:

- March 28: Vehicle Burglary and Theft - Is your vehicle a target?

- April 4: Personal Safety - At home and away

- April 25: Dive Team - CSI under water

- May 2: Internet Safety for Seniors

- May 30: Aviation - How criminals are found from the air

- June 6: Active Shooter for the Community - What should you do?

- June 27: Agriculture Unit - How do they protect the animals?

- July 25: ID Theft - How vulnerable are you?

- Aug. 1: SS Benefits Hacking - Are your benefits safe?

- Aug. 29: Home Improvement Fraud - What you need to know

- Sept. 5: Residential Security - Are you a target for a burglar?

- Sept. 26: Cell Dogs - Meet the dogs and learn how they are trained

Each session will begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour.

Seating is limited; reservations required at 239-561-9142.

Lehigh Concert Band to host benefit concert

The Lehigh Concert Band will perform its "Backpacks for Kids Concert" on April 1 at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God, at 5146 Leonard Blvd. S.

A free will offering will be collected, with 100 percent of the proceeds to go to providing backpacks and school supplies to children.

The Lehigh Concert Band is always accepting new musicians who play at a senior high school, college level or above.

The band also offers a scholarship program to encourage young players to join.

For information, visit: or

Lee County Community Band launches season

The Lee County Community Band will host a concert on April 2 at 3 p.m. in the Cape Coral High School auditorium, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd.

It is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

The band is comprised of professional and amateur musicians from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. It welcomes new members every year.

For details, call Norman Jones at 239-995-2097 or visit online at:

BBQ, Bands & Brew to benefit Builders Care

Builders Care will host its eighth annual BBQ, Bands & Brew on April 9 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

The fundraiser will feature live music from Soapy Tuna, Rockin' Horse, Deb & the Dynamics and Ben Allen Band, as well as a competition to name the best barbecue in town and children's activities.

Barbecue-themed foods from $2-5 by Bootleggers Waterfront BBQ, Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon, BurgerQue, Famous Dave's, Jonesez BBQ, Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant, MOFO's, Orange Tree Coffee and Slider City, with Norman Love desserts.

Admission is $10 per person; children ages 12 and under are free

Free parking is available.

Also part of the event is the fifth annual Poker Run, which begins at 9 a.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson, at 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers.

It will include a ride around Fort Myers before ending at the BBQ, Bands & Brew.

Best hand wins $500 and Harley-Davidson gear.

Registration is $25 and $10 for passengers; includes admission to the event.

The BBQ, Bands & Brew cornhole tournament will begin at noon, with registration starting at 11 a.m.

Prizes include $400 for first place and $100 for second place.

Participants must bring a partner to play in the double-elimination format.

The entry fee is $20 per two-person team.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the Lee BIA office at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118, Fort Myers, or by calling 239-938-0056 or emailing

Information is available online at:

Fair Housing Summit set

The Southwest Florida Annual Fair Housing Summit will be held on April 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Community Center, at 2990 Edison Ave., Fort Myers.

The speakers include Michael Maurer, deputy chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division, Yohance Pettis, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice, and Aaron Levine and Henry Whitehead, of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

The day will feature information on the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunities Act, Religious land use, reasonable accommodations and modifications, animals, special parking requests, civil rights and recourses, a discussion of the differences between HUD and the Department of Justice, recent Department of Justice enforcement activities and more.

Free and open to the public.

To reserve a seat, contact Sherri Campanale, director of housing operations at the HACFM, at or 239-344-3247.

Visit: or call 239-344-3220 for details.

Colored Coconut Hunt taking registrations

The Annual Colored Coconut Hunt will be held on April 15 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Community Park, at 55 Homestead Road S.

The event will feature an egg hunt, games and face painting, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny.

For the hunt, colored coconuts and candy-filled eggs will be hidden in designated areas. Participants will be broken into four groups - ages 2 and under, 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 11 - with colored coconuts and eggs in each patch.

Prizes will be given for special eggs and different colored coconuts.

Cost is $5 per child.

The event is limited to 125 participants and advance registration is required.

Arrive at 10 a.m. for check-in, and the hunt will start at 10:30 a.m.

Register online at:, by calling 239-369-1521 or by stopping by the Veterans Park Recreation Center.

Community pool offers variety of classes

The Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St., is heated and open year-round.

A range of swim lesson skill levels are offered, including adult beginners; all taught by American Red Cross Certified instructors.

Eight classes for $50.

Commit to get fit with aqua aerobics. Choose from a fast-paced workout at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday or the ultra-low impact class at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Classes are 45 minutes long in chest deep water.

Lifeguards-on-duty. Lap swimmers welcome.

For hours and rates, call 239-369-8277 or visit the website at:?

Plant, tree sale planned

A plant sale will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at Lakes Regional Park, at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.

The selection includes succulents, small trees, native plants, herbs, annuals, bromeliads, rose bushes and more. Master Gardeners will be available to answer any questions.

There is a $1 per hour parking fee, with a maximum of $5.

Farmers markets now open

Farmers markets will be held:

- Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centennial Park, at 201 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers

- Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Florida SouthWestern, at 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers

- Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, at 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers

- Saturdays from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cornog Plaza, at 2400-2438 First St., Fort Myers

- Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, at 7300 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers

Choir rehearsing

The Lehigh Children's Choir rehearses from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Cayuga Music Studio, at 1100 Homestead Road. For details, call 239-368-2488.



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