4-H Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The 4-H Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Veterans Park Recreational Building, at 55 Homestead Road S. Guest speaker Lillian Nieves will discuss pigeon peas.
Parents and members require a one-time membership fee of $10 to Veterans Park after one free visit. The 4-H membership costs $1 to cover secondary health insurance.
For information, call (610) 530-8883.
Edible Gardening Exchange meeting
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Veterans Park Recreational Building, at 55 Homestead Road S. Guest speaker Lillian Nieves will talk about growing gandules, or pigeon peas.
A raffle ticket is provided to members who bring an item to exchange, whether it be seeds, cuttings, plants, fruit, veggies, or a healthy drink or snack. The raffle, exchange and snacking take place after the meeting.
A one-time membership fee of $10 to Veterans Park is required after one free visit. There is no fee to join the Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange.
General Women's Club to host silent auction
The General Women's Club of Lehigh Acres will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Faith Lutheran Church on Leeland Heights Boulevard. The program will be the silent auction, so bring all the goodies to be auctioned off.
Gulf Coast Writers Association to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers Association will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Fellowship Hall at Zion Lutheran Church, at 7401 Winkler Road in Fort Myers.
Chris Angerman, editor-in-chief at the New Chapter Publisher who helps authors self-publish under Bardolf & Company, will talk about "What Every Writer Should Know About Publishing."
He will discuss covers, layout, foreign rights, agents, how and when to start promoting books, the dos and don'ts in approaching traditional publishers, and the benefits and drawbacks of going it alone.
Cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. First-time attendees are free.
Minnesota Twins to hold baseball youth clinics
The Minnesota Twins is planning free youth clinics from January-February.
The clinics provide quality hands-on instruction for boys and girls ages 5-13 and younger children who are accompanied by an adult. Children will learn basic fundamentals including hitting, fielding and throwing, while also hearing positive messages about staying in school and staying away from drugs and alcohol.
No registration is required.
Clinics will be held:
- Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fort Myers Little League, Sam Fleishman Regional Sports Park, at 1750 Matthew Drive, Fort Myers. For information, call Kevin Kyle at 560-6763.
- Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Buckingham Little League, at 9800 Buckingham Road. For information, call Scott Peckham at 464-8266.
- Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at Lehigh Little League, at 1400 W. 5th St., Lehigh Acres. For information, call Tonya at 462-8167.
Fraud seminars for seniors planned
The Lee County Sheriff's Office will host a "Learn to Fight Fraud" seminar, followed by a question and answer session on:
- Jan. 24: Grace Community Church, at 4151 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Jan. 30: St. Columbkille Catholic Church, at 12171 Iona Road, Fort Myers, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Feb. 6: St. Leo Catholic Church, at 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Feb. 14: Christ United Methodist Church, at 1430 Homestead Road N., from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
The seminar covers frauds and scams affecting seniors and their families; how seniors can recognize and report frauds and scams; and how to detect, protect and report health care fraud and abuse.
For information or to RSVP, call the LCSO at 477-1037.
Open registration for youth spring soccer
Lehigh youth soccer spring season registration dates begin Jan 28- 29 and Feb 4-5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lehigh Acres Middle School soccer fields, at 104 Arthur Ave. Ages 4-12. Visit: www.lehighyouthsoccer.com for information.
Annual craft show seeking vendors
The Alva Community Center is looking for craft vendors for the Craft Show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Alva Community Park, at 21471 North River Road in Alva.
Spaces are available for a nominal fee of $10. Tables, tents and chairs are not provided. There is no admission for the public to attend.
For information or to be a vendor, contact Sandra Bates at 728-2882 or BatesSW@leegov.com.
Church to host games, lunch as fund-raiser
St. Anselm Episcopal Church is planning a party with games and lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Sixth Street and Joel Boulevard. Donation of $5. All proceeds to benefit church outreach programs. Call Selma at 368-2862 or Perlyn 369-9562.
Lee County Community Band to perform
The Lee County Community Band will perform Feb. 10, March 10 and April 7 at Cape Coral High School, at 2300 Santa Barbara Blvd. The events are free of charge, though donations are accepted.
Band members are musicians from all walks of life - career musicians, amateurs and folks renewing skills from years past - who reside in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties. The band rehearses from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at St. Michael's Lutheran School in Fort Myers; new members are welcome.
For more information, visit: www.leecountyband.org or contact Norman Jones at 995-2097.
Florida Native Plant Society sets speakers
The Coccoloba Chapter, Florida Native Plant Society meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rutenberg Park Eco-Living Center in Fort Myers.
Social time and information corner start at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend.
Guest speakers and topics will be:
- Feb. 14: Judy Ott, of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, on the use of Florida native plants in Southwest Florida restoration projects.
- March 14: Doug Caldwell, of the Collier County Extension Office, on the non-native spiraling white fly and other bugs that may impact native plants.
For additional information, visit online at: www.fnpscoccoloba.org.
March in the Park scheduled
The 5th annual March in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. Hosted by the Garden Club of Cape Coral, the plant and garden art sale is a fund-raising event for the organization.
Last year, more than 40 vendors were in attendance, selling all kinds of plants, from ground cover to palm trees, and garden art, from stepping stones to glass reflectors. Speakers, raffle drawings, food and music will also be available throughout the day.
If you are a vendor of plants, food or garden-related crafts and want to join the juried show, contact Ginny Huffer at 257-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org.