Edible Gardening Exchange to meet
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange will meet May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
The speaker will be Karen Harty, a UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Agriculture Program coordinator, master gardener and 4-H leader.
Find out what kind of tomatoes and lettuce grow in the summer, and discover new plants. Also, understand why some plants grow better in pots instead of in the soil.
The youth 4-H Junior Edible Gardening Club will have plants available for purchase.
After the first meeting, the venue requires a $10 lifetime membership fee.
For details, contact Karen Harty at (610) 530-8883.
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:
- June 6
- Aug. 1
- Sept. 5
- Oct. 3
- Nov. 7
- Dec. 5.
Cost is $15 per pet; no appointment is necessary. Lee County pet-licensing fees are reduced if a pet is sterilized and microchipped.
Visit: www.leelostpets.com to view pets or for information.
Sign up early for summer camps
Registration has started for the Lee County Parks & Recreation 2014 summer camps.
The camps draw thousands of youth throughout the region to programs, outings and activities at the department's traditional camps, teen camps and specialty camps.
The camps run nine weeks, from June 9 through Aug. 8.
If you plan to register at Wa-Ke Hatchee, Estero, North Fort Myers or Veterans Park, you need to obtain a facility membership first.
People who register at least two weeks before the first day of their session will receive an early registration discount. For example, the price of a traditional camp would be $70 instead of $75.
This year, outdoor specialty camps will cost $75, except for Boca Grande, which is $100.
Swimming lessons and other summer aquatics programs began enrollment on April 1.
LeeTran is offering a youth GO Pass to full-time students 18 or younger for $35.
The pass is good for unlimited travel on LeeTran buses and trolleys for the entire summer recess.
It can be purchased April 21 through May 31 at: www.rideleetran.com or at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, at 2250 Widman Way in Fort Myers.
For registration and information call (239) 533-7275 or go online to: www.LeeParks.org.
For LeeTran Go Pass information, call (239) 533-0303 or go online to: www.rideleetran.com.
Second annual playwriting contest
The Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle presents the Second Annual Clarence "Bud" Jones Playwriting Competition.
The competition welcomes full-length, previously unpublished plays, written by authors with a Southwest Florida connection.
A fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript, which may be submitted electronically or by mail and received prior to Aug. 1.
The blinded scripts will then be reviewed by a panel of judges including community members from education, library, publishing, and theatrical backgrounds.
Cash awards for authors of first, second and third place winners include $500, $200 and $100.
The theater will produce a scripted reading of the first place entrant during 2014-15 season.
For competition information and forms visit: www.firehousecommunitytheatre.com or call (863) 675-3066.
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 and aqua aerobics
The Lehigh Acres Community Pool, at 1400 W. Fifth St., is heated and open to the public year round. There are summer swim lessons offered in June and July, with a wide range of skill levels taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. Classes available for ages 6 months and older; cost is $50 for eight classes.
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.
Pickin' In The Park scheduled each week
Musicians come together to perform during Pickin' In The Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the lodge by the lake at the rear of Veterans Park.
The public is welcome to join in playing or just enjoy the music. There is no charge.
For information, call (239) 369-1521.
Fenway South Farmer's Market open to public
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.
Children's 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.
Lehigh Concert Band season 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 any performance.
For information, call Lynne Criss at (239) 949-1834 or visit: www.lehighconcertband.org.
Lehigh Singers seeking 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 are needed. If you are interested, call (239) 822-1890 for an audition.