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Of Special Note (4/5/17)

April 5, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Calusa Chapter of MOAA to meet

The Calusa Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet on April 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Gulf Coast Village, at 1333 Santa Barbara, Cape Coral.

USAF Ret. Col. Gary Nolan will be the guest speaker.

The cost for the buffet breakfast is $15 at the door; cash only.

Reservations are requested by today, April 5, by contacting Natalie Pittenger at 239-689-5899 or

For information, contact Gary Peppers at 239-573-6690.

Lehigh Democratic Club resumes meetings

The Lehigh Democratic Club will resume its monthly meetings on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 Homestead Road S.

Speaker Jim Roach, health expert and former candidate for U.S. House District 19, will discuss "A Forum on Health Care Reform."

The meeting will also include a short discussion of the "Indivisible" movement.

For information, call 239-369-3129.

Seminar on assets

A seminar on asset protection will be held on April 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Stroemer & Company, at 14030 Metropolis Ave., Suite 200, Fort Myers.

Registration at 9 a.m.

The seminar will discuss:

- What asset protection is and who needs it

- What strategies should be implemented to protect assets

- What steps are needed for trusts and estate planning

To RSVP, contact 239-337-1147 or

For information, visit online at:

Democratic Women's Club lists speakers

The Democratic Women's Club of Lee County will meet on April 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Quality Life Center of Fort Myers, at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers.

Guest speakers Nola Theiss, executive director and founder of the Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, and Karen Curtiss, the operations coordinator, will provide a presentation on human trafficking.

For information, contact Kelly Junco at or visit:

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 the 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 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.

Gulf Coast Writers to meet

The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet on April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.

Guest speaker Glenn Miller will share insights on his 40 years of writing and his recent novel, "Grabmore."

First-time guests are free.

For information, visit online at: or call 770-906-7885.

Republican Women's Club presents speaker

The Fort Myers Republican Women's Club will meet on April 18 in The Helm Club at The Landings Yacht Golf & Tennis Club, at 4420 Flagship Drive, Fort Myers.

A social hour begins at 11:15 a.m., with the luncheon and program following at noon.

Lee County Public Defender Kathy Smith will be the guest speaker. She will talk about mental health and drug courts.

The cost of the luncheon is $20.

Reservations are required by April 13 by contacting Tina Laurie at 239-489-4701.

For information, contact Carole Green at 850-590-2206.

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.

It 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:?

Lehigh Concert Band accepting members

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

Children's 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.

Lee County Community Band seeking members

The Lee County Community 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:



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