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Education Notes: Week of Oct. 10

October 10, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

* Oasis Fall Festival

The third annual Oasis Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 48 p.m. at Oasis Charter Schools Campus, 3415 Oasis Boulevard.

This fun and exciting family event includes food vendors, games and inflatables for children of all ages!

The public is invited.

* Polly's Run for Life at Jaycee Park

Gulf Middle School will host the third annual Polly's 5K Run for Life at Jaycee Park on Saturday, Nov. 3. The race/walk is open to all ages and awards will be given in various age categories. Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the race at 8 a.m. All funds raised will benefit the American Cancer Society. Radiology Regional will also have its Mobile Mammogram bus on hand from 8 a.m. until noon, offering mammograms with simply an ID and insurance card - no co-pays or prescriptions needed. Registration may be made online at or at The Run Shoppe on Del Prado Boulevard.

For more information, call Gulf Middle School at 549-0606.

* Tot Trot and 5K Run

Lee County Electric Cooperative and the German American Social Club of Cape Coral are "Uniting in a big Way."

Oct. 27 will be the inaugural German American Social Club and LCEC Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk and Tot Trot benefiting the United Way of Lee County, and these two organizations are going large.

Each 5K participant will receive a performance T-shirt, two admission tickets to Oktoberfest, $6 in food/beverages, and a stuffed gift bag. The overall male and female runners will each receive an authentic Oktoberfest beer stein as their trophy.

Children 12 and younger can run in the Kinder-Laufen (Tot Trot). Each Tot will receive a T-shirt, genuine race medal, and gift bag filled with freebies. A visit from Ms. Oktoberfest, costumed characters, a fire truck, and an LCEC bucket truck are sure to make the event more than just a morning run. Finish up your fun-filled weekend by attending Oktoberfest. The race will be staged at Jim Jeffers Park in Cape Coral, and run through the peaceful surrounding neighborhood. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with Ms. Oktoberfest kicking off the 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Immediately following will be the Tot Trot. Visit for more information, maps, and registration.

* Lee Community Youth Chorus

Does your child like to sing? A new chorus is forming in Lee County and we would love to have your child join in the fun!

Lee Community Youth Chorus is a multicultural music education and performance program for youth that fosters talent, confidence and community. The chorus is open to all students, age 8-plus and will combine all levels of singing abilities. Singers will be taught to sing in two-part harmony and will experience a wide variety of musical styles. The repertoire consists of upbeat, easily recognizable songs that are fun to sing! We'll take this show on the road to perform at senior centers and various community-wide events. Weekly rehearsals are held on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers. Tuition is $25 per year,which includes a LCYC T-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available. To register, call the director, Debby Dorr at 941-866-1710 or email

* Four Freedoms Park

A number of activities have been scheduled at Four Freedom's Park:

- Fun-N-Glow Party (3-6 years)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-noon

$10 Res / $15 Non-Res

Play games and do fun activities. Snack, drink and glow-in-the-dark party favors included.

For more information call (239) 574-0804.

- Baby Flea Market (18-plus years)

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.- noon

Vendor Fee: $21.20 w/tax Res-$31.80 w/tax Non-Res

Rent a space to sell your used infant and toddler clothing,furniture, toys, etc.

For more information please call (239) 574-0804.

- Pee Wee Halloween (2-3 years)

Monday, Oct. 29, 11:am-noon.

$10 Res / $15 Non-Res

You and your child can enjoy an hour of Halloween fun with story time, crafts, and a snack. Parent must attend w/child.

Please call for more information (239)574-0804.

- Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Thursday, Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

$10 Res / $15 Non-Res

Enjoy a story, finger plays, a craft and a holiday snack with Mrs. Claus! Parent must attend with child.

For more information please call (239) 574-0804.

* Rock & Roll Celebrity Waiter Dinner

"Celebrity" waiters will serve up food, fun and Rock 'n Roll at the Heights Foundation's Celebrity Waiter Dinner to be hosted by Yabo Restaurant on Monday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Local musicians will fill in as wait staff and compete for tips that inspire bidding wars among guests - including an opportunity to sit in with the band. Funds raised will benefit School Success programs for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.

Nearly $20,000 was raised at last year's event.

Alter Ego band members Dr. Larry Hobbs, Ernie Cantu, Richie Ianuzzi and Doug Molloy alongside Emmy-award winning flutist and composer Kat Epple, singer-songwriter Wendy Webb, Grammy-award winning songwriter Randy Thomas and local personalities Amy Sedlacek and Victor Mayeron will all compete for tips.

Yabo Restaurant is at 16230 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers. To reserve seats for the dinner, call Yabo at (239) 225-9226 by Thursday, October 11.

For more information about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center please call 239.482.7706, email, or visit their website at

* Rainy day movies at the library

Looking for a fun way to spend a rainy day? Check out the movies available at your local library. Did you know that the Lee County Library System has more than 185,000 DVDs and over 8,500 Blu-ray movies? These movies include cartoons, documentaries, comedies, TV series, sci-fi, crime, mysteries, action /adventure, foreign films, classics, westerns, musicals and more. The movies are distributed by the likes of: PBS, Disney, Sony, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox and National Geographic.

"You can always" find a fun, educational or interesting movie to watch," said Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System director in a prepared statement. "The only thing that is required is to have a Lee County Library card in good standing."

You may search for a movie in the Lee County Library System's catalog from your home computer via the library eBranch or website at www.lee-county/library. When you find movies you would like to view, you may put the movies on request if they are not already at your closest library. The movie(s) will then be delivered to your selected library and you will be contacted via a phone call or email when it is ready for pick-up. You may have up to seven movies checked-out at a time, per library card. The movies may be borrowed for up to one week. They are renewable for one additional week, unless the item is "Most Wanted" or reserved for another library patron.

Don't have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit to apply online, or stop by any branch. Information about Lee County Library System is available at where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items.

Telephone Reference is available at 239-479-INFO (4636).

Library ebooks available

for Kindle at the LCLS

The Lee County Library System has announced that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world's bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more.

To get started, visit the Download Depot at the Lee County Library System's ebranch at

Telephone reference is available at 239-479-INFO (4636).

The LCLS Download Depot also offers eBooks and audio books for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader.

Kindle users can browse the LCLS's collection of approximately 50,000 bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select "Get for Kindle" to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app.

Telephone reference is available at 239-479-INFO (4636).

Children's Advocacy

The Children's Advocacy Center, which supports and protects the child victims of abuse through collaborative intervention and comprehensive treatment in a soothing environment needs volunteers.

Opportunities include administrative help in the office, support with special projects and help with fundamentals. Call the Friendship Volunteer Center for additional details at 275-4427.



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