Artist of the Month named
- Christa Poggensee is the Artist of the Month for January at the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizens Center, at 219 Plaza Drive. Contact 239-369-5355.
OFF Saturday planned
The Lee County 4-H youth is hosting its third annual OFF - Old Fashioned Family - Saturday on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Community Park, at 55 Homestead Road S.
There will be a petting zoo, plus family-friendly activities such as racing, throwing, running and jumping. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.
Admission is free.
For information, visit online at: www.4hfunday.com/.
Participants needed to help shape health care
Healthy Lee will host a town hall meeting on Jan. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Lehigh Senior High School, at 901 Gunnery Road N.
The goal is to better understand the health and wellness needs and concerns of the community.
Lee County School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins will host the event, along with the Healthy Lee steering committee.
Bring your smartphone and provide your insights and recommendations to help the community get healthier in the next 10 years.
Attendees will also have a chance to participate in an open mic discussion for additional comments and questions.
Calusa Blueway Speaker Series presents guests
The Calusa Blueway Speaker Series will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, on the following:
- Feb. 7: James O'Neill on "Greenland Paddles"
- March 7: Gus Bianchi on "Paddling the Florida Circumnavigation Paddling Trail"
- March 11: George Burgess on "International Shark Attack File - Sawfish"
The seasonal series showcases aspects of the Calusa Blueway, Lee County's 190-mile marked trail for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders.
For information, call 239-432-2154 or visit online at: www.fortmyers-sanibel.com.
Find Calusa Blueway on Facebook or CalusaPaddle on Twitter. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play to download the free smart-phone app.
Free seminars set
Alliance Financial Group will present the following one-hour presentations at 14021 Metropolis Ave., Fort Myers:
- Feb. 9 and Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Strategies to defer up to 25 percent of IRA's required minimum distribution and best technics to maximize Social Security
- Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Benefits and drawbacks to 529 plans, Florida Pre-Paid Plan and other traditional college-savings instruments
- Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:?Estate planning and domicile workshop for new residents to learn how Florida's laws differ from other states, about declaring residency and how to use the power of Florida's laws to their advantage
- Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.: Peter Stahl, author of "Top of the First - The Convergence of Health Care & Financial Planning," will discuss why Medicare planning is a financial must
Free and open to public; however, seating is limited.
Reservations required by calling 239-244-1512 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band launches season
The Lee County Community Band will host a concert on Feb. 12 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.
Future concerts are set for March 5 and April 2.
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: www.leecountyband.org.
Experience Lee County farms as agritourist
The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension will host a day of farm tours in Lee County on Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., departing from Terry Park, at 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers.
The tour will visit four vegetable/small fruit and mixed enterprise farms.
Participants can enjoy an agritourism experience as they see the new trends in agriculture and meet urban farmers.
A fresh, farm-raised lunch will be served farm-to-table style.
The cost is $60 per person.
Make checks payable to LCEOAB and mail to Urban Farm Tour, UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916.
Limited space; make reservations early. To register or for information, contact 239-533-7504 or email@example.com.
Lehigh Concert Band lists performances
The Lehigh Concert Band will perform the following concerts at 3 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, at 705 E. Leeland Heights Blvd.:
- Feb. 19
- March 19
All of the concerts are free, with donations accepted.
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.
VegHeads 4-H Youth Club to host bus tour
The VegHeads 4-H Youth Club will host a bus tour on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting from the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, at 9200 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers.
Stops include a bee farm, citrus grove, vegetable grove, seed company, home farm and ECHO. It will serve as a fundraiser for the VegHeads 4-H Youth Club.
Registration is $75 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit online at: www.eventbrite.com and search for "VegHeads Bus."
Checks can also be made to "Lee County 4-H" and mailed to Lee County 4-H, P.O. Box 3267, North Fort Myers, FL 33918. Write "VegHeads Bus" on the check and include name, address and phone number.
For information, contact Karen Harty at 610-530-8883.
Pool offers 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:?www.leeparks.org.
Plant, tree sale set
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 are held:
- Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centennial Park, at 201 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers
- Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida SouthWestern, at 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers
- Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 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
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, contact 239-368-2488.