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Of Special Note (10/28/15)

By Staff | Oct 28, 2015

Garden workshops set

Karen Harty, a master gardener with Grow A Gardener, will present the following:

– Oct. 31: Organic controls for the home gardener from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 8, Fort Myers. Fee of $25 includes a pest/disease control guide, making of yellow sticky traps and take-home personalized spray mix.

– Nov. 7: Issues with vegetable gardening in South Florida from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hendry County Extension Office, Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center, at 1085 Pratt Blvd., Labelle. Fee of $15 includes handouts and seeds, plus contacts to obtain free or low-cost soil testing, plant identification and insect identification.

Walk-ins accepted, but advance registration is recommended.

For details or to register, call (610) 530-8883, email GrowAGardener@gmail.com or visit: www.GrowAGardener.org.

Artist of the Month named

Becca Pratt is the Artist of the Month for October at the Arts of the Inland gallery in the cafe at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd.

Stop in and view her artwork Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pratt is also the AOI’s Artist of the Month for October at the Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Stop in and view her artwork Thursday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Donna Thewlis at (239) 339-7265.

Photo contest for Old Courthouse

Lee County welcomes photo submissions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

The request is for modern pictures of the building for the celebration. Selected entries may be used in the celebration and perhaps displayed in the courthouse.

Submissions must be original images and be emailed as a single high-resolution photo jpg attachment to: tengstrom@leegov.com.

There is a maximum of three entries per person; an entry fee is not required.

Entries must be accompanied with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and photo title.

The use of corrective editing functions to improve the natural appearance of the image is allowed.

The deadline is Nov. 1.

All submissions become the property of Lee County and may be used in print and online. Visit: www.leegov.com/100.

Concerts announced

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Fall Student Concert Series will return to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, at 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers.

The series will be held:

– Nov. 2: Jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m.

– Nov. 24: Concert band at 7:30 p.m.

– Dec. 1: Symphony orchestra and choir at 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Art show approaching

The Arts of the Inland Perceptions Art Show will be held on Nov. 5-29 at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Perceptions Art Show Reception will be held on Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a presentation of awards, live music and a silent auction.

For information, contact artsinland@gmail.com or (239) 303-5849 or visit: www.artsoftheinland.com.

Fair at Fenway South prepares to open

The Fair at Fenway South will be held on the weekends from Nov. 6-22 at JetBlue Park, at 11500 S. Fenway Drive, Fort Myers.

Hours are from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is as low as $3.50 per person, with a two-for-one discount available online.

Unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount of $20 each through the website before the start of the fair.

Individual ride tickets may fair.

Visit online:?www.fairatfenway.com.

Old Courthouse tours planned

Tours are planned for the 100th anniversary of the construction of Lee County’s Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

Lasting about 30 minutes each, they are scheduled for:

– Nov. 6: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 10: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 19: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

Plan on arriving about 15 minutes early and gathering in the commission chambers.

To register for a tour, log on to: www.leegov.com/100.

For details, email Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@leegov.com.

White featured at Rauschenberg gallery

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is featuring an exhibition of artwork by Wayne White now through Nov. 7 at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

White is known for creating the iconic “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” characters Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call (239) 489-9313 or visit: www.rauschenberggallery.com.

Annual Butterfly Conference set

The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension will host its 15th annual Butterfly Conference on Nov. 7 at the Hickory Hammock Native Tree Farm, at 13321 Peace Road, East Fort Myers.

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and butterfly garden tours will be held in the afternoon.

It also features exhibitors and vendors of plants that offer food and habitat for butterflies.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Register online at: www.eventbrite.com.

For information, call (239) 533-7504 or visit: lee.ifas.ufl.edu.

Band lists concerts

The Lee County Community Band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers.

The band will perform:

– Nov. 8

– Dec. 13

– Jan. 10

– Feb. 7

– March 13

– April 10

The scheduled concerts will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

They are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

New members are welcome.

For information, call Norman Jones at (239) 995-2097 or visit: www.leecountyband.org.

Edible Gardening Exchange to meet

The Edible Gardening Exchange will meet on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Center, at 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers; informal chat at 5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Fred Geist, who owns a small licensed irrigation service business, will talk about home garden irrigation.

Membership through March is $10, plus a $10 Lee Parks and Recreation membership.

Bring a cup for free coffee and tea; consider bringing something to share.

Contact Karen Harty at (610)?530-8883.

Annual Writing Contest accepting submissions

The Gulf Coast Writers Association announces its Annual Writing Contest.

Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children’s stories and poetry will be awarded prizes of $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third in each category.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1,500 words; poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

Open to association members and non-members who are 18 or older by March 15.

Must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

The winners must be present at the association’s Feb. 20 meeting to receive award.

Entry forms and rules can be found at: www.gulfwriters.org.

Pool holding classes

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

A wide 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.

There are 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 and nutrition

Healthy Harvest Community Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, hosts the following boot camps:

– 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. At least 10 people must be signed up for a class.

Visit the website online: www.healthyharvestfarms.org.

Farmers Market returns

A Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, at 7300 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, through April 29.

It will include fresh local produce, flowers, soaps and more.

Parking is free.

For information on being a vendor, visit: BuyLocalLee.com.

Lehigh 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 information, call (239) 368-2488.

Lehigh Concert Band practicing

The Lehigh Concert Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the annex at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leeland Blvd.

The band is in need of clarinets, trumpets, trombones, tubas and more. Concert band musicians who can perform at at least a senior high school level are invited to sit in.

One concert will be recorded for a CD.

For information, visit online: www.lehighconcertband.org.

Of Special Note (10/28/15)

By Staff | Oct 28, 2015

Garden workshops set

Karen Harty, a master gardener with Grow A Gardener, will present the following:

– Oct. 31: Organic controls for the home gardener from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 8, Fort Myers. Fee of $25 includes a pest/disease control guide, making of yellow sticky traps and take-home personalized spray mix.

– Nov. 7: Issues with vegetable gardening in South Florida from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hendry County Extension Office, Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center, at 1085 Pratt Blvd., Labelle. Fee of $15 includes handouts and seeds, plus contacts to obtain free or low-cost soil testing, plant identification and insect identification.

Walk-ins accepted, but advance registration is recommended.

For details or to register, call (610) 530-8883, email GrowAGardener@gmail.com or visit: www.GrowAGardener.org.

Artist of the Month named

Becca Pratt is the Artist of the Month for October at the Arts of the Inland gallery in the cafe at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd.

Stop in and view her artwork Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pratt is also the AOI’s Artist of the Month for October at the Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Stop in and view her artwork Thursday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Donna Thewlis at (239) 339-7265.

Photo contest for Old Courthouse

Lee County welcomes photo submissions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

The request is for modern pictures of the building for the celebration. Selected entries may be used in the celebration and perhaps displayed in the courthouse.

Submissions must be original images and be emailed as a single high-resolution photo jpg attachment to: tengstrom@leegov.com.

There is a maximum of three entries per person; an entry fee is not required.

Entries must be accompanied with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and photo title.

The use of corrective editing functions to improve the natural appearance of the image is allowed.

The deadline is Nov. 1.

All submissions become the property of Lee County and may be used in print and online. Visit: www.leegov.com/100.

Concerts announced

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Fall Student Concert Series will return to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, at 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers.

The series will be held:

– Nov. 2: Jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m.

– Nov. 24: Concert band at 7:30 p.m.

– Dec. 1: Symphony orchestra and choir at 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Art show approaching

The Arts of the Inland Perceptions Art Show will be held on Nov. 5-29 at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Perceptions Art Show Reception will be held on Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a presentation of awards, live music and a silent auction.

For information, contact artsinland@gmail.com or (239) 303-5849 or visit: www.artsoftheinland.com.

Fair at Fenway South prepares to open

The Fair at Fenway South will be held on the weekends from Nov. 6-22 at JetBlue Park, at 11500 S. Fenway Drive, Fort Myers.

Hours are from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is as low as $3.50 per person, with a two-for-one discount available online.

Unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount of $20 each through the website before the start of the fair.

Individual ride tickets may fair.

Visit online:?www.fairatfenway.com.

Old Courthouse tours planned

Tours are planned for the 100th anniversary of the construction of Lee County’s Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

Lasting about 30 minutes each, they are scheduled for:

– Nov. 6: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 10: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 19: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

Plan on arriving about 15 minutes early and gathering in the commission chambers.

To register for a tour, log on to: www.leegov.com/100.

For details, email Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@leegov.com.

White featured at Rauschenberg gallery

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is featuring an exhibition of artwork by Wayne White now through Nov. 7 at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

White is known for creating the iconic “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” characters Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call (239) 489-9313 or visit: www.rauschenberggallery.com.

Annual Butterfly Conference set

The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension will host its 15th annual Butterfly Conference on Nov. 7 at the Hickory Hammock Native Tree Farm, at 13321 Peace Road, East Fort Myers.

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and butterfly garden tours will be held in the afternoon.

It also features exhibitors and vendors of plants that offer food and habitat for butterflies.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Register online at: www.eventbrite.com.

For information, call (239) 533-7504 or visit: lee.ifas.ufl.edu.

Band lists concerts

The Lee County Community Band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers.

The band will perform:

– Nov. 8

– Dec. 13

– Jan. 10

– Feb. 7

– March 13

– April 10

The scheduled concerts will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

They are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

New members are welcome.

For information, call Norman Jones at (239) 995-2097 or visit: www.leecountyband.org.

Edible Gardening Exchange to meet

The Edible Gardening Exchange will meet on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Center, at 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers; informal chat at 5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Fred Geist, who owns a small licensed irrigation service business, will talk about home garden irrigation.

Membership through March is $10, plus a $10 Lee Parks and Recreation membership.

Bring a cup for free coffee and tea; consider bringing something to share.

Contact Karen Harty at (610)?530-8883.

Annual Writing Contest accepting submissions

The Gulf Coast Writers Association announces its Annual Writing Contest.

Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children’s stories and poetry will be awarded prizes of $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third in each category.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1,500 words; poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

Open to association members and non-members who are 18 or older by March 15.

Must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

The winners must be present at the association’s Feb. 20 meeting to receive award.

Entry forms and rules can be found at: www.gulfwriters.org.

Pool holding classes

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

A wide 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.

There are 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 and nutrition

Healthy Harvest Community Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, hosts the following boot camps:

– 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. At least 10 people must be signed up for a class.

Visit the website online: www.healthyharvestfarms.org.

Farmers Market returns

A Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, at 7300 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, through April 29.

It will include fresh local produce, flowers, soaps and more.

Parking is free.

For information on being a vendor, visit: BuyLocalLee.com.

Lehigh 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 information, call (239) 368-2488.

Lehigh Concert Band practicing

The Lehigh Concert Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the annex at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leeland Blvd.

The band is in need of clarinets, trumpets, trombones, tubas and more. Concert band musicians who can perform at at least a senior high school level are invited to sit in.

One concert will be recorded for a CD.

For information, visit online: www.lehighconcertband.org.

Of Special Note (10/28/15)

By Staff | Oct 28, 2015

Garden workshops set

Karen Harty, a master gardener with Grow A Gardener, will present the following:

– Oct. 31: Organic controls for the home gardener from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 8, Fort Myers. Fee of $25 includes a pest/disease control guide, making of yellow sticky traps and take-home personalized spray mix.

– Nov. 7: Issues with vegetable gardening in South Florida from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hendry County Extension Office, Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center, at 1085 Pratt Blvd., Labelle. Fee of $15 includes handouts and seeds, plus contacts to obtain free or low-cost soil testing, plant identification and insect identification.

Walk-ins accepted, but advance registration is recommended.

For details or to register, call (610) 530-8883, email GrowAGardener@gmail.com or visit: www.GrowAGardener.org.

Artist of the Month named

Becca Pratt is the Artist of the Month for October at the Arts of the Inland gallery in the cafe at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd.

Stop in and view her artwork Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pratt is also the AOI’s Artist of the Month for October at the Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Stop in and view her artwork Thursday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Donna Thewlis at (239) 339-7265.

Photo contest for Old Courthouse

Lee County welcomes photo submissions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

The request is for modern pictures of the building for the celebration. Selected entries may be used in the celebration and perhaps displayed in the courthouse.

Submissions must be original images and be emailed as a single high-resolution photo jpg attachment to: tengstrom@leegov.com.

There is a maximum of three entries per person; an entry fee is not required.

Entries must be accompanied with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and photo title.

The use of corrective editing functions to improve the natural appearance of the image is allowed.

The deadline is Nov. 1.

All submissions become the property of Lee County and may be used in print and online. Visit: www.leegov.com/100.

Concerts announced

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Fall Student Concert Series will return to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, at 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers.

The series will be held:

– Nov. 2: Jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m.

– Nov. 24: Concert band at 7:30 p.m.

– Dec. 1: Symphony orchestra and choir at 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Art show approaching

The Arts of the Inland Perceptions Art Show will be held on Nov. 5-29 at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Perceptions Art Show Reception will be held on Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a presentation of awards, live music and a silent auction.

For information, contact artsinland@gmail.com or (239) 303-5849 or visit: www.artsoftheinland.com.

Fair at Fenway South prepares to open

The Fair at Fenway South will be held on the weekends from Nov. 6-22 at JetBlue Park, at 11500 S. Fenway Drive, Fort Myers.

Hours are from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is as low as $3.50 per person, with a two-for-one discount available online.

Unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount of $20 each through the website before the start of the fair.

Individual ride tickets may fair.

Visit online:?www.fairatfenway.com.

Old Courthouse tours planned

Tours are planned for the 100th anniversary of the construction of Lee County’s Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

Lasting about 30 minutes each, they are scheduled for:

– Nov. 6: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 10: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 19: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

Plan on arriving about 15 minutes early and gathering in the commission chambers.

To register for a tour, log on to: www.leegov.com/100.

For details, email Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@leegov.com.

White featured at Rauschenberg gallery

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is featuring an exhibition of artwork by Wayne White now through Nov. 7 at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

White is known for creating the iconic “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” characters Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call (239) 489-9313 or visit: www.rauschenberggallery.com.

Annual Butterfly Conference set

The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension will host its 15th annual Butterfly Conference on Nov. 7 at the Hickory Hammock Native Tree Farm, at 13321 Peace Road, East Fort Myers.

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and butterfly garden tours will be held in the afternoon.

It also features exhibitors and vendors of plants that offer food and habitat for butterflies.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Register online at: www.eventbrite.com.

For information, call (239) 533-7504 or visit: lee.ifas.ufl.edu.

Band lists concerts

The Lee County Community Band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers.

The band will perform:

– Nov. 8

– Dec. 13

– Jan. 10

– Feb. 7

– March 13

– April 10

The scheduled concerts will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

They are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

New members are welcome.

For information, call Norman Jones at (239) 995-2097 or visit: www.leecountyband.org.

Edible Gardening Exchange to meet

The Edible Gardening Exchange will meet on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Center, at 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers; informal chat at 5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Fred Geist, who owns a small licensed irrigation service business, will talk about home garden irrigation.

Membership through March is $10, plus a $10 Lee Parks and Recreation membership.

Bring a cup for free coffee and tea; consider bringing something to share.

Contact Karen Harty at (610)?530-8883.

Annual Writing Contest accepting submissions

The Gulf Coast Writers Association announces its Annual Writing Contest.

Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children’s stories and poetry will be awarded prizes of $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third in each category.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1,500 words; poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

Open to association members and non-members who are 18 or older by March 15.

Must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

The winners must be present at the association’s Feb. 20 meeting to receive award.

Entry forms and rules can be found at: www.gulfwriters.org.

Pool holding classes

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

A wide 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.

There are 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 and nutrition

Healthy Harvest Community Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, hosts the following boot camps:

– 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. At least 10 people must be signed up for a class.

Visit the website online: www.healthyharvestfarms.org.

Farmers Market returns

A Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, at 7300 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, through April 29.

It will include fresh local produce, flowers, soaps and more.

Parking is free.

For information on being a vendor, visit: BuyLocalLee.com.

Lehigh 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 information, call (239) 368-2488.

Lehigh Concert Band practicing

The Lehigh Concert Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the annex at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leeland Blvd.

The band is in need of clarinets, trumpets, trombones, tubas and more. Concert band musicians who can perform at at least a senior high school level are invited to sit in.

One concert will be recorded for a CD.

For information, visit online: www.lehighconcertband.org.

Of Special Note (10/28/15)

By Staff | Oct 28, 2015

Garden workshops set

Karen Harty, a master gardener with Grow A Gardener, will present the following:

– Oct. 31: Organic controls for the home gardener from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, 3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 8, Fort Myers. Fee of $25 includes a pest/disease control guide, making of yellow sticky traps and take-home personalized spray mix.

– Nov. 7: Issues with vegetable gardening in South Florida from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Hendry County Extension Office, Dallas B Townsend Agricultural Center, at 1085 Pratt Blvd., Labelle. Fee of $15 includes handouts and seeds, plus contacts to obtain free or low-cost soil testing, plant identification and insect identification.

Walk-ins accepted, but advance registration is recommended.

For details or to register, call (610) 530-8883, email GrowAGardener@gmail.com or visit: www.GrowAGardener.org.

Artist of the Month named

Becca Pratt is the Artist of the Month for October at the Arts of the Inland gallery in the cafe at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, 1500 Lee Blvd.

Stop in and view her artwork Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pratt is also the AOI’s Artist of the Month for October at the Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Stop in and view her artwork Thursday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Donna Thewlis at (239) 339-7265.

Photo contest for Old Courthouse

Lee County welcomes photo submissions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

The request is for modern pictures of the building for the celebration. Selected entries may be used in the celebration and perhaps displayed in the courthouse.

Submissions must be original images and be emailed as a single high-resolution photo jpg attachment to: tengstrom@leegov.com.

There is a maximum of three entries per person; an entry fee is not required.

Entries must be accompanied with the photographer’s name, address, telephone number, email address and photo title.

The use of corrective editing functions to improve the natural appearance of the image is allowed.

The deadline is Nov. 1.

All submissions become the property of Lee County and may be used in print and online. Visit: www.leegov.com/100.

Concerts announced

Florida SouthWestern State College’s Fall Student Concert Series will return to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, at 13350 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers.

The series will be held:

– Nov. 2: Jazz ensemble at 7:30 p.m.

– Nov. 24: Concert band at 7:30 p.m.

– Dec. 1: Symphony orchestra and choir at 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Art show approaching

The Arts of the Inland Perceptions Art Show will be held on Nov. 5-29 at the AOI Barron Park House Gallery, at 471 N. Lee St., LaBelle.

Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is free.

The Perceptions Art Show Reception will be held on Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a presentation of awards, live music and a silent auction.

For information, contact artsinland@gmail.com or (239) 303-5849 or visit: www.artsoftheinland.com.

Fair at Fenway South prepares to open

The Fair at Fenway South will be held on the weekends from Nov. 6-22 at JetBlue Park, at 11500 S. Fenway Drive, Fort Myers.

Hours are from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is as low as $3.50 per person, with a two-for-one discount available online.

Unlimited rides wristbands are also available at a discount of $20 each through the website before the start of the fair.

Individual ride tickets may fair.

Visit online:?www.fairatfenway.com.

Old Courthouse tours planned

Tours are planned for the 100th anniversary of the construction of Lee County’s Old Courthouse, at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

Lasting about 30 minutes each, they are scheduled for:

– Nov. 6: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 10: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

– Nov. 19: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

Plan on arriving about 15 minutes early and gathering in the commission chambers.

To register for a tour, log on to: www.leegov.com/100.

For details, email Tim Engstrom at tengstrom@leegov.com.

White featured at Rauschenberg gallery

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College is featuring an exhibition of artwork by Wayne White now through Nov. 7 at 8099 College Parkway in Fort Myers.

White is known for creating the iconic “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” characters Randy, Cool Cat, Chicky Baby and Dirty Dog.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, call (239) 489-9313 or visit: www.rauschenberggallery.com.

Annual Butterfly Conference set

The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension will host its 15th annual Butterfly Conference on Nov. 7 at the Hickory Hammock Native Tree Farm, at 13321 Peace Road, East Fort Myers.

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. and butterfly garden tours will be held in the afternoon.

It also features exhibitors and vendors of plants that offer food and habitat for butterflies.

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.

Register online at: www.eventbrite.com.

For information, call (239) 533-7504 or visit: lee.ifas.ufl.edu.

Band lists concerts

The Lee County Community Band rehearses Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran School in Fort Myers.

The band will perform:

– Nov. 8

– Dec. 13

– Jan. 10

– Feb. 7

– March 13

– April 10

The scheduled concerts will take place at 3 p.m. at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

They are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted.

New members are welcome.

For information, call Norman Jones at (239) 995-2097 or visit: www.leecountyband.org.

Edible Gardening Exchange to meet

The Edible Gardening Exchange will meet on Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Community Center, at 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers; informal chat at 5:30 p.m.

Guest speaker Fred Geist, who owns a small licensed irrigation service business, will talk about home garden irrigation.

Membership through March is $10, plus a $10 Lee Parks and Recreation membership.

Bring a cup for free coffee and tea; consider bringing something to share.

Contact Karen Harty at (610)?530-8883.

Annual Writing Contest accepting submissions

The Gulf Coast Writers Association announces its Annual Writing Contest.

Original works of fiction, nonfiction, children’s stories and poetry will be awarded prizes of $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third in each category.

Fiction, nonfiction and children’s works must be no more than 1,500 words; poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

Open to association members and non-members who are 18 or older by March 15.

Must be postmarked by Dec. 1.

The winners must be present at the association’s Feb. 20 meeting to receive award.

Entry forms and rules can be found at: www.gulfwriters.org.

Pool holding classes

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

A wide 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.

There are 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 and nutrition

Healthy Harvest Community Farms, at 607 Mirror Lakes Drive, hosts the following boot camps:

– 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. At least 10 people must be signed up for a class.

Visit the website online: www.healthyharvestfarms.org.

Farmers Market returns

A Farmers Market will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakes Regional Park, at 7300 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, through April 29.

It will include fresh local produce, flowers, soaps and more.

Parking is free.

For information on being a vendor, visit: BuyLocalLee.com.

Lehigh 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 information, call (239) 368-2488.

Lehigh Concert Band practicing

The Lehigh Concert Band rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the annex at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 Leeland Blvd.

The band is in need of clarinets, trumpets, trombones, tubas and more. Concert band musicians who can perform at at least a senior high school level are invited to sit in.

One concert will be recorded for a CD.

For information, visit online: www.lehighconcertband.org.