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February 2017

Oh B y! Must-Have Gadgets Local Babies on Display! Freebies & Factoids Popular baby names, classes and more!

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Gifts for baby News from our magazine partners Lee County baby showcase Creative food ideas Gidgets, Gadgets & Gizmos Special picks and events Family activities in February calendar Support groups and meetings Health & Wellness Arts & Entertainment Party resource guide Too Cute photos

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The Giacalone Family of Cape Coral Katelyn Pitt of North Fort Myers Jessica Johnson of LaBelle Maritza Freitas of Fort Myers

Austin Arreola of Fort Myers “Pickles”

Kristin Milburn of Fort Myers

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on the cover 2016 Edison Festival of Light Junior King John Henry Longenhagen, son of Greg and Liz Longenhagen, and Junior Queen Shennon Faith Nelson, daughter of Mary Frances and Sean Nelson of Fort Myers

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Gifts for

I have several friends who are expecting a little bundle of joy. Personally, I think shopping for a new baby is so much fun. One of my favorite websites for gift-buying is www.etsy.com. Here are some of my favorite items:

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2. Sibling Shirt Set (3) ThingsVerySpecial

4. Vintage Inspired Wood Custom Baby Age Blocks BlairsBabyBlocks

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5. Burp Cloth Gift Set

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What are your go-to baby gifts? Share on my blog at www.leefamilynews.net Happy shopping!

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READING ROCKS!

NEWS FROM OUR MAGAZINE PARTNERS

Teen battle of the bands contest is open for entries

Teen bands of all genres can enter the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands until Feb. 15. The top three bands will perform live March 18 at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. All bands are encouraged to visit www.ReadFest.org/BandBattle to read the rules, upload an audio or video recording to YouTube and complete the entry form by Feb. 15. The contest is open to bands of two or more individuals who are residents of Lee, Charlotte, Collier or Hendry counties and are between the ages of 13- to 19-years-old on the date of entry. Proof of age is required. The elimination round will be judged by a combination of judge’s panel (60%) and online voting (40%). Online voting will be open from Feb. 17 to March 1. The final battle will be live at the Reading Festival. The judges will determine the first- and second-place winners and the Popular Choice Award will be determined by crowd source voting at the close of the battle.

The first-place prize includes an eight-hour studio recording session at Sonic Recording Studios, a professional photo from Laura Michele Photos and a feature article in Gulf Coast Times. The battle and festival are presented by the Lee County Library System and are intended to encourage involvement in reading and the arts among middle and high school students. “The local teen talent is always astounding. We are again very excited about the Battle and the live performance opportunity this contest offers the teens in Southwest Florida,” festival coordinator Margie Byers said. For more information, or to enter a band go to www.ReadFest.org/BandBattle. Complete author information, schedules of festival activities, partner events, directions to the event and more, are available in the festival app available free at the App Store or Google Play, www.readfest.org or by calling 239-4794636.

Edison Festival of Light Junior Court

Meet ... Pickles

the mascot for Family News

The 2017 Edison Festival of Light Junior Court gathered Jan. 22 at the Edison and Ford Estates for an ice cream social. The 2017 court posed with the 2016 Junior king and queen, John Henry Longenhagen and Shennon Faith Nelson. The 2017 court will compete Feb. 12 and a new king and queen will be crowned immediately following the Junior Parade. The court includes McKenna Cypress Atkinson, Jillian Mae Carter, Lydia Nicole Childress, Braelyn Reece Davis, Riley Jayne Hartley, Chloe Adams Heidt, Madison Liang Allie-Ann Kincade, Carolena Marie Long, Dozier Bruce Bartlett, Dominic Peter Consolazio, Elijah Timothy Hart, William Everett Kincade IV, Judson Lee Pentecost, Blake Michael Sewell and Grayson Bauer Tietz.

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Lee County Family News is proud to announce we have a mascot for the No. 1 kid event magazine for 26 years. Meet our new mascot ... Pickles. After a contest with our thousands of families of magazine readers, we selected the name Pickles as suggested by young Austin Arreola of Fort Myers. Austin and Pickles will ride in a car driven by Family News publisher Kathy Kuser in the Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade on Sunday, Feb. 12. Austin also wins a grand prize package of various gifts and goodies.

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Personal trainer Christina Maher can help de-stress your life

If you’re looking for an in-home personal trainer and live in the Cape Coral - Fort Myers area, Christina Maher would love to speak with you about your overall health and fitness goals. When you work together, she will help hold you accountable. Christina believe in an approach that addresses your health concerns from many angles. As a certified personal trainer with 22 years experience, she will give you personalized workouts as well as personalized nutrition recommendations - both are valuable parts of her program. Living in Southwest Florida, we have great de-stressors, like the year round sun. At the same time, in season, we have the

worst traffic, which adds a significant amount of stress to our lives. Stress is bad! Let Christina help remove the stress from your life as you focus on the basics like sleep, clean eating, meal planning, budgeting your meals, exercise and weight lifting. When convenience is a big factor, her inhome personal training service is the solution. Set up a regular schedule that works for you, or if you prefer to have more flexibility, she can plan with you on a weekly basis. Browse her site and see all that she has to offer beyond your standard personal trainer. Visit online at www.christinaspersonaltraining.com or call 239-233-1972.

Free SAT and ACT practice tests Feb. 20

Sylvan Learning helps you get ready for the big tests

If your child is getting ready for the college admission exams in April and May, Sylvan Learning is offering free SAT and ACT practice tests on Feb. 20, President's Day, at 9 a.m. Their full-length, timed practice tests are a great way to help your teen. • Experience test day conditions and build confidence • Figure out which subject areas need more attention before the exams

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• Gain a competitive advantage heading into the exams • Get ready for the big day when the scores really count Reserve your seat now before they're all filled. Join Sylvan Learning on Monday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. Call 239-275-1130 to make an appointment. Sylvan of Fort Myers is located at 12741 World Plaza Lane in Fort Myers.

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Lee County’s 2017 Baby Showcase TOP 10 NAMES - NATIONAL Boys

According to the Social Security Administration

Noah Liam Mason Jacob William Ethan James Alexander Michael Benjamin

Girls

Emma Olivia Sophia Ava Isabella Mia Abigail Emily Charlotte Harper

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Ultimate Power Names

Fastest Trending Baby Names “...names that defy convention: invented names with unique spellings and nontraditional gender identities. And parents of all political beliefs are embracing names from a range of fresh sources — gods and wild animals, spiritual beliefs and childhood heroes — that all embody power. We foresee more than mere baby name trends in 2017: We predict a full-blown baby naming revolution.” - According to Nameberry

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Expect to meet lots of little deities with names drawn from multicultural mythology:

Thor, Persephone, Odin, Freya, Jupiter, Luna, Atlas, Clio, Orion, Morrigan, Pandora & Zeus

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In the United States, more babies are born on Wednesday than on other days of the week. Sunday is the slowest day.

In the United States, more babies are born in late summer and early fall than in other times of the year. February tends to be the month when the least babies are born. Utah has the highest birth rate in the U.S., at about 21 babies per 1,000 people. Vermont has the lowest birth rate, with slightly more than 10 babies born per 1,000 people.

It is estimated that new parents in the U.S. will spend on average $7,000 the first year on a new baby’s diapers, formula, and day care. This does not include medical costs.

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Family Music Time Baby ClassES

Are you a New Mom? If you have a little one under 8 months,….. Join us for this opportunity to introduce your baby to music in a safe and beautiful environment.

Our licensed Music Together® center was among the few exceptional centers chosen by MTLLC to pilot the new updated Babies' Class!

Learn the most updated and current information from the award-winning Music Together organization on supporting and nurturing your baby’s musical development.

We also have mixed age classes if you have older children ages Newborn up to age 5. The whole family can attend together! Find our schedule at

www.famlymusictime.com

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Baby-Parent Rhyme Time

Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby! During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance.

Registration is required.

239-479-4636

26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 10:10 a.m. Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15

Bonita Springs Public Library

15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13

921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m. Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16

Cape Coral-Lee County Library

2001 N. Tamiami Trail NE, North Fort Myers 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9

881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16

East County Regional Library

519 Chiquita Boulevard N., Cape Coral. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

2450 First Street, Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 16, 23

21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 20

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Gerber BabyNes Baby Formula Dispenser Create the perfect bottle in less than a minute. The Gerber BabyNes formula dipenser delivers precise nutrition, superior hygiene, intuitive design, lump-free formula and a happier bottle-feeding experience for babies and parents

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Developmental Red Flags 1 to 6 months

25 to 36 months

Feeds slowly or doesn't suck well Doesn't seem to focus her eyes on things Doesn't react to bright lights Seems especially stiff or floppy Doesn't respond to loud sounds

Struggles with separation anxiety Doesn't interact with people outside her family Doesn't play with other children Avoids eye contact Can't throw a ball or jump Can't climb stairs with alternating feet Has trouble scribbling Doesn't use more than three words in a sentence Isn't able to complete a sentence Is often difficult for strangers to understand when she talks Doesn't play make-believe Excessively balks at basic self-care, like getting dressed or going to sleep Loses skills she previously had www.babycenter.com

7 to 12 months

Seems very stiff or floppy Can't hold her head steady Can't sit on her own Doesn't respond to noises or smiles Doesn't reach for objects Isn't affectionate with those closest to her

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Can't walk by 18 months Doesn't understand the use of everyday objects Doesn't speak at least six words by 18 months or Doesn't speak two-word sentences by 24 months Doesn't imitate words and actions Doesn't follow simple instructions Loses skills he previously had

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Kid Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaf

Pizza Monster Sandwich For the Sandwiches: Tyson Chicken Nuggets (4 - 5 per sandwich)

Bread (2 slices per sandwich) Queen sized green olives (2 per sandwich) www.thecomfortofcooking.com Spaghetti Garlic Grilled Cheese

Sandwich sized pepperoni (2 per sandwich)

Mozzarella cheese slices (2 per sandwich) Pizza Sauce

Toothpicks (2 per sandwich)

To make the garlic butter:

Whip 1 stick softened unsalted butter with 1½ teaspoons garlic salt and ½ teaspoon parsley

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1. Prepare nuggets according to the package instructions. Meanwhile prepare the garlic butter and get all of your ingredients ready to assemble! 2. Butter both sides of each piece of bread and grill (like you would Texas toast) on your hot griddle.

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3. Remove and assemble sandwiches in this order: Bread on the bottom, then pizza sauce, then nuggets, then two pieces of cheese (staggered to look like fangs,) then pepperoni, top with other piece of bread and return to griddle to warm and let cheese melt slightly. 3. Stick toothpicks into olives and into the top as eyeballs. Watch the kids smile!

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Peanut Butter/Jelly Stuffed French Toast

Meatball Wellington

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Gidgets, Gadgets and Gizmos!! and other unique and interesting items we want you to know about! *prices may vary

Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer Do ice-cold wipes trigger unhappy cries during diaper changes? The Warm Glow Wipe Warmer by Munchkin will soothe baby's bottom and warm mom's heart. Help make diaper changing more enjoyable for your little one with the comfort of a warm wipe. www.munchkin.com $19.69

NogginStik® Developmental Light-up Rattle The NogginStik® was designed to help parents, caregivers and early intervention therapists begin encouraging early milestones in infants. The NogginStik head lights up red, blue and green to stimulate a baby’s eyes and to encourage visual tracking. The base of the NogginStik makes a soft rattle sound to please the ears. It has an easy to hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to delight the sense of touch. Your baby’s NogginStik® will help you begin to encourage her beginning milestones from the day she is born!

Tickle Monster Laughter Kit

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Cheshire Cat Fine Toy Shop Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 239-482-8697

The story is about a loveable rascal that has just flown in from Planet Tickle. His mission is to tickle any child who happens to follow along in this book Parents read aloud and do the tickling, while children laugh and squirm with delight. Share the magical treasured gift of laughter with your little one with this adorable Tickle Monster Book and fluffly blue pair of Tickle Mitts. Read the delightful story of a talented tickle monster who loves to tickle and wear the tickle mitts so you can tickle along when the tickle monster goes for the toes, knees, tummy, or under the arms. The mitts feature poke through finger holes to make it easier to turn the pages and tickle! www.fatbraintoys.com $31.50

Toymail Mailman WiFi Communication Device! Send your message anytime, anywhere from a free iPhone or Android app. These toys will deliver it in your voice, or a funny one and kids can reply right back. Any number of approved friends and family can send messages to kid's they love from the free Toymail app! www.flaghouse.com $59.95

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Constructive Eating Construction Utensil Set

Toymail Talkie: Gory a Shark Talkies are a breakthrough simple way to let kids voice chat with friends and family, without putting them in front of a screen. Voice chat toy that lets you send messages from your phone! Talkies let kids send and receive voice messages with friends and grownups. Send messages using the free Toymail app for IOS, Android, Kindle. Connect Talkie-to-Talkie, too! Create your trusted circle to stay in touch with parents, grandparents and friends. Expand Talkie by unlocking cloud features like bedtime mode to help get and keep kids in bed! Send and share the sweet & hilarious messages you receive via direct sharing or on social media. Recommended for ages 3 years and up. www.Jet.com $59

Nighty Night Nursing Light The Nighty Night Nursing Light is a lightweight clip-on light that attaches easily to clothing to make nighttime feedings easier. A soft glow lets mom see better to help ensure proper positioning and latch in a darkened room without having to turn on bright lights that may disturb baby or wake dad. An adjustable timer and optional vibration alarm provides added support for nursing moms and helps to track feedings by gently alerting you when time is up. www.iherb.com $11.46

Make mealtime fun with the Constructive Eating Construction Utensil Set. Encourage imagination and play with this fun 3 piece children's utensil set. Made with FDA approved materials so it is both safe and fun for children to use. This utensil set includes a front loader spoon for scooping, fork lift fork for lifting, a bulldozer pusher to help get foods moved around. www.everythingkitchens.com $17.49

Super Cute Long Nose Elephant Grey Soft Plush Pillow The adorable elephant design will support more sense of safety for children and open the curiosity for animal. Plush Pillow cotton stuffed bedding cushion perfect for baby. Additional color options. www.beddinginn.com $30

Picture This A new service that allows kids to turn their drawings into dresses. The process is simple: Parents choose a dress size and print out the coloring book-style templates available on the “Picture This� website. Once their kids have colored and decorated the templates, the grown-ups can upload photos of the completed designs on the website and place their orders. The finished dresses arrive within a few weeks. T-shirt & doll dress options. picturethisclothing.com $49

The Beebo - Free Hand Baby Bottle Holder The Beebo is a free hand bottle holder designed to enhance the feeding time for you, your baby and your family. The Beebo frees up a hand during these precious moments, giving you the ability to read a book to your baby, massage and caress your baby, or even enjoy family meals together. Perfect for parents who bottle feed with pumped breast milk or formula. Nursing moms have a free hand; now bottle feeding parents can too! www.thebeebo.com $29.99

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Free Movies in the Park: Remember the Titans Clemente Park, 936 Henderson Avenue, Fort Myers Saturday, February 11 • Dusk

Based on actual events that took place in 1971, a white southern high school is integrated with black students from a nearby school. Both schools are recognized for their football programs which are now unified. Family activities one hour before showtime! Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Concessions are $1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 239-321-7530

ArtFest Fort Myers

On the waterfront - downtown Fort Myers Feb. 4 - 5 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On the first weekend in February, ArtFest enlivens the Fort Myers waterfront with exceptional art, entertainment and children’s art activities. ArtFest Fort Myers is family-friendly, with plenty to see and do for all ages. Kids love the Publix Art yard. Make art treasures to take home. Buy artwork for just $5. See live performances. Make artsy shopping bags, jewelry, and snacks. There’s something for the hidden artist in all of us at the Publix Art yard. Enjoy watching teams from Lee County High Schools and professional chalk street painting artists create beautiful drawings — not on canvas but on the pavement. www.artfestfortmyers.com

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Bonita Springs

Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker 10601 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs February 2 - 5 Feb 2 – Thursday: 7:30 Feb 3 – Friday: 5:30 p.m., 8:30 Feb 4 – Saturday: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 Feb 5 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30

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Park, 11500 Fenway S Dr., Fort Myers February 9 - 12

Feb 9 – 10 • Thursday & Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 11 – Saturday: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Feb 12 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Cape Coral

917 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral Northeast corner of Pine Island Rd. & Andalusia February 16 - 19 .

Cirque Italia - Water Circus Under the White & Blue Big Top Tent

The custom designed stage holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with every move. Unique aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, and many more surprise performances! Cirque Italia is magical, modern, breathtaking, and most importantly – unforgettable! You can purchase tickets through the website (ccirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: 941-704-8572

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Feb 16 – 17 • Thursday & Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 18 – Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Feb 19 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Punta Gorda

Marketplace – Downtown Punta Gorda 100 W Marion Ave. February 24 - 26

Feb 24 – Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 25 – 26 • 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

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Southwest Florida Youth Clinic Open House at CenturyLink Sports Complex

14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers Sunday, February 19 After MLB workout

The free clinic offers youth throughout Southwest Florida the opportunity to learn more about the games of baseball and softball. Twins instructors will use drills to teach the fundamentals of throwing, hitting and fielding at each clinic. The clinic is open to children ages 5-13 and younger children who are accompanied by an adult Brian Maloney: 239-823-6450 or Mark Weber: 239-887-9326

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Garden Festival & Birthday Party

Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers Feb. 11 - 12

This family event will have numerous kids’ activities, including a petting zoo on February 11 from 1-4 p.m. Kids will also be able to make crafts, such as bookmarks, Valentine's Day cards, votive candle holders and lockets with pressed flowers and get temporary flower tattoos. Event takes place Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also, the public is invited to celebrate Thomas Edison's 170th birthday on February 11, at 10 a.m. The party will include a science presentation by the Edison Wild Wizard and Thomas Edison. Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School students will dance and play stringed instruments. Birthday cake will be served and everyone will sing happy birthday. The birthday party is a free public event and seating is limited, so guests should come early. 239-334-7419

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STEMtastic Day of Discovery Saturday, February 11 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

An exciting atmosphere for children and families to experience Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts at the Harborside Event Center.

Junior Run

Sunday, February 12 • Noon

Hundreds of young participants turn out to test their skills in a fun run prior to the start of the Junior Parade.

Junior Parade

Sunday, February 12 • 2:30 p.m.

Over 100 units including floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, clowns & dignitaries parade their way around the Downtown River District.

Crowning of the Jr. King and Queen & Float Awards Harborside Event Center Sunday, February 12 • 4:30 p.m.

Edison Festival Of light

An organization that honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values. www.edisonfestival.org

Parade Celebration

Saturday, February 18 • 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Grand ParadeSaturday, andFebruary Fireworks 18 • 7 p.m.

Fun, food, music and crafts make this a family event

Named as the largest night parade in the Southeast, the Grand Parade is a two-hour extravaganza featuring national participants & local marching bands, floats, local government and law enforcement officials, clowns & more.

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Fossil Fest

The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Saturday, February 18 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Silent auction, grand prize raffle, kids dig, vendors and fossil dealers, free fossil museum and exhibit. Fun and games for all with prizes. 239-995-2141

Greek Fest Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Feb. 24 - 26

Authentic Greek food, carnival rides & games, dance exhibitions, live music, merchandise vendors, car or $25,000 raffle, dollar cash Raffle and more! Adults $5 for the entire weekend and children under 12 years old are free! Adults $5 for the entire 3-day weekend. Children under 12 years old are free. Event starts at 11 a.m. www.greekfestfortmyers.com 239-481-2099

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The Harlem Globetrotters The Harlem Globetrotters Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero Friday, February 24 • 7 p.m.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their action packed 2017 World Tour to Germain Arena on Friday February 24 at 7 p.m. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. 239-948-7825

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15th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival Rotary Park 5505 Rose Garden Rd., Cape Coral Saturday, February 25 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A fun day for the whole family, filled with entertaining and educational programs, hands-on activities for children, live animals, guided nature walks, butterfly house tours, bus tours to active owl burrows, silent auction, Love Boat Ice Cream and other tasty treats for lunch. $5 requested donation for adults. Children 16 and under are free. 239-549-4606

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Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes - LEGOS Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Teen Anime Club Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Emerging Inventors build with LEGOS and engage with one another to practice teamwork while creating animals, rockets, trains and more. Program includes story and music time, socializing with others, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens and museum at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Children 1 - 5 years old year and their parents) 239-334-7419

Anime Drawing fans share what they have created, discover content and connect with other fans. Colored pencils, pens and paper supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Drop-In Teen Activities: Games Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Feb. 1 - 28

East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Available during normal library operating hours. Drop in all month long during library hours for fun games. 239-479-4636

This interactive and active time for toddlers and their favorite caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. 239-479-4636

After School Crew: Around the World Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22

Weekly stories and activities featuring hands-on geography. For grades K -5. 239-479-4636

Preschool Family Storytime Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Sweeney Todd Center for Performing Arts, Moe Auditorium & Film Center 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs February 10 - 12

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members) 239-495-8989

Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

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Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14

Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16

South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

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Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

For ages 3 to 5 years. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. Children attend this program independently while the caregiver waits nearby. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15

Ice Cream Social

SW Florida Military Museum & Library, 4820 Leonard St. Cape Coral Saturday, February 11 • 3 - 5 p.m.

.All you can eat ice cream, floats, pie ala mode and sundaes. Romantic music will be playing and a chance for a Valentine's Day gift basket!! $5. 239-541-8704

Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Happy Groundhog Day North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 3:30 p.m.

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow today? We'll celebrate in any case. Learn about the groundhog legend and enjoy some fun games like Groundhog Bingo, Groundhog Hot Dog and Toss the Hog. For grades K-5. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

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Peter Pan, Jr. Auditions Center for Performing Arts Hinman Auditorium 10150 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs 5 - 7 p.m.

Open to actors 8+. For the audition all actors should be prepared to sing, dance and act. You must bring in 16 bars of a prepared song, CD accompaniment is allowed without lyrics, or you can sing without music. Nothing complicated or fancy is necessary. The Music Director just needs to hear you sing, be prepared to also sing a song from the show. Please don’t be intimidated. Everyone is welcome to audition. Then you will be paired up with other actors and asked to read from the script for the Director. No advance monologue preparation is required. 239-495-8989

Valentine’s Day-themed Dog’s Nite Out Coconut Point 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero 6 - 8 p.m.

Bring your precious pooches and enjoy an evening of comradery, fun, giveaways, a photo station and more. 239-992-9966

Cirque Italia Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker 10601 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs February 2 - 5 Feb 2 – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 3 – Friday: 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Feb 4 – Saturday: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Feb 5 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets through our website cirqueitalia.com/tickets or by phone: 941-7048572. We also respond to text messages.

Preschool Storytime Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Children ages 3 to 5 attend this program independently while the caregiver waits nearby. Your preschooler will build relationships with other children, books and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. 239-479-4636

Groundhog Day Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 4 p.m.

Do you think that Punxsutawney Phil will predict six more weeks of winter? Join us on this special day to learn about all things Groundhog Day. There will be activities, crafts and stories. For grades K-5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Bubble Mania Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m.

Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kids tunes. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16

This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and their favorite caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays and musicmaking designed to advance prereading skills. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Friday - 3

Heart Shaped Animal Valentines Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make heart-shaped animal valentines for loved ones. Instructions and supplies available in the Children's Room. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17

Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, allages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17

The whole family is invited to this enjoyable, allages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Saturday - 4

Family camp out Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral 2 p.m.

Enjoy a fun night of camping with your family under the trees along the shore of this beautiful riverside park. Bring bikes and scooters and do your own thing or join in the organized games. There will be a community campfire after dark for s'mores. BYO Tent, family, food, and camping gear. This is the easiest camping you are ever going to get! Limited riverfront sites available. No fire pits, please. Registration required. $20 Resident per tent / $30 Non-Resident per tent www.capecoral.net

Scale Rails Train Show Araba Shrine Temple 2010 Hanson St,, Fort Myers Feb 4 - 5

Its a premier event in Toys & Games industry. Adults: $7 Teens: $2, Children 12 and under: free when accompanied by adult. Active duty military Personnel admitted free. www.scalerails.org

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Saturday, Feb. 4 - continued ArtFest Fort Myers On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers Feb. 4 - 5 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Movie Night: Ice Age: Collision Course Lee County Alliance for the Art 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Friday, February 17 • 7 p.m.

Pack up your lawn chairs, coolers and blankets to enjoy this fun and endearing animated film under the stars with your family and friends! Manny the mammoth starts to worry when his daughter Peaches announces her engagement. Still unlucky in love, Sid the sloth volunteers to plan the couple’s wedding. To Manny’s dismay, nothing can stop the upcoming nuptials, except maybe the end of the world. When Scrat accidentally launches himself into outer space, he sets off a chain reaction that sends an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Now, the entire herd must leave home to explore new lands and save itself from Scrat’s cosmic blunder. $5 Suggested Family Donation. 239-939-2787

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On the first weekend in February, ArtFest enlivens the Fort Myers waterfront with exceptional art, entertainment and children’s art activities. ArtFest Fort Myers is family-friendly, with plenty to see and do for all ages. Kids love the Publix Art yard. Make art treasures to take home. Buy artwork for just $5. See live performances. Make artsy shopping bags, jewelry, and snacks. There’s something for the hidden artist in all of us at the Publix Art yard. Enjoy watching teams from Lee County High Schools and professional chalk street painting artists create beautiful drawings on the pavement. www.artfestfortmyers.com

Kids Club: Designed by Sprout: Valentine Treat Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 1 Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a Valentine Treat Bag . Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 239-215-1730

Disney Reads Day Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

Celebrate the Magic of Storytelling on Disney Reads Day! Join us as we read popular Disney stories and do fun activities to inspire kids' imaginations. Plus, giveaways including stickers, bookmarks and mini-posters (while supplies last). 239-437-0654

Improv Cafe Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 4 p.m.

Tickets: $10 Adults / $6 Youth (10% off for current CFABS Members) Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to “Improv Cafe,” the first Saturday of every month. 239-495-8989

Science Saturday Seacrest Country Day School 7100 Davis Boulevard., Naples 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Seacrest is partnering with local science organizations to provide a day of fun and exploration to children ages 3-18. Exciting demonstrations, hands-on activities, and interactive exhibits will keep kids busy for hours! Science Saturday is an event consistent with the way we believe our students learn best: hands on, and based on research and inquiry. Food will be available for purchase. 239-793-1986 GreenMarket Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers Every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us on our 10-acre campus every Saturday to find an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. The GreenMarket hosts neighbors and small growers who bring seasonal, very limited crops to market. Do you have fruit from a few backyard trees, a good tomato crop from the kitchen garden, or some berries gathered in an outing? If so, we’d like to help you bring it to the community. Barter is encouraged, trade your small crop for market items you may need! 239-939-2787

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Home Depot Kids Workshop: Valentines Photo Box Home Depot, Various locations 9 a.m. - noon

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a Valentine-themed photo box, perfect for keeping photos of loved ones front and center. Once the box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and The Home Depot stickers. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Apron, commemorative pin & certificate of achievement. workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids

Kids Magic Show with BJ Odom Laugh In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers Doors open at noon & show at 1:30 p.m. Every Saturday in February! Ages 4 -14, lunch menu available, $10 general admission, $5 kids. 239-479-LAFF www.laughincomedycafe.com

Sunday -5 EAA 66 Young Eagle Rally and

Pancake Breakfast Page Field Airport Ft. Myers Captain Channing Page Dr, Fort Myers 8 - 10 a.m.

Kids 11-17 come explore aviation with us. We will be giving a mini aviation lesson followed by a flight in a general aviation aircraft. When the flight is over you will get a participation certificate, flight log book, and a code to go online and take ground school. It is the ground school you need to become a pilot. The YE rally is free. The all you can eat pancake breakfast is $6. Message Via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/EAA-Young-Eagles-) if you are interested in attending.

Monday - 6

On the Table: Duct Tape Flowers (teen) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Feb. 6 - 10

Available during normal library operating hours. Treat yourself this Valentine's Day with your very own duct tape flower pen. All supplies provided while they last. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13

For ages 18-36 months . Caregivers and children participate in this high energy storytime filled with stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. Space is limited to 15. Tickets are available the morning of the program. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Chess Anyone? Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 3 p.m.

Rise to the challenge. Sets provided, but players are welcome to bring their own. Play indoors in the teen room or play with our 12’x12’ outdoor set. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 11 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13

For ages 18 to 36 months. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. This interactive and active time for toddlers and their favorite caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. 239-479-4636

Tuesday - 7

Chess Anyone? Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring your own chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14

Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14

Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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Teen Book Discussion: “I Will Always Write Back” South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 6:15 p.m.

When Caitlin picked Zimbabwe for her school pen pal program, she had no idea how it would impact her life. A series of handwritten letters connected two students in an unlikely friendship. Sign up for the book discussion at the youth services desk and get a free copy of the book to keep. There are a limited number of books. Light refreshments at the book discussion. 239-479-4636

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Tuesday, Feb. 7 - continued East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 28

For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Program limited to grades 6-12. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, allages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14

Free Movie in the Park Finding Dory Jim Jeffers Park 2817 SW 3rd Ln, Cape Coral Saturday, February 18 • Movie starts at Dusk

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation department is proud to bring you a FREE "Movie in the Park" on our giant inflatable screen. Enjoy the movie and a free family night out. Bring a blanket and chairs. Sunset is approximately 6:30 pm, but get there early for a good spot and our giveaway! 239-573-3128.

This interactive and active time for toddlers and their favorite caregiver is designed to advance prereading and social skills. 239-479-4636

Wednesday - 8 Teen Valentine Cards Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Make a valentine card for the one you love. All supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Kids from toddlers to 12 are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Storytime in the Garden Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Blvd., Fort Myers 10 a.m.

Miss JoAnn will be leading songs, games, and a story about trees or flowers or fruits or seeds or anything to do with plants. This is an educational and fun activity for preschool youngsters and their parents. The new children’s Garden is located is located across the park lot from the playground. Storytime is free; parking is one dollar per hour at the park. 239-481-7845

Drug House Odyssey Family Night Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers 5 - 7 p.m. Join us for Family Night and experience the deadly effects of underage drinking. A great conversation starter for your family. Free and open to the public, no reservations required. www.drugfreeswfl.org

Thursday -9 Cirque Italia

JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway S Dr, Fort Myers February 9 - 12

Feb 9 – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 10 – Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 11 – Saturday: 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m, & 8:30 p.m. Feb 12 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets through our website cirqueitalia.com/tickets or by phone: 941-704-8572

Bus Stop Cypress Lake High School 6750 Panther Ln., Fort Myers Feb 9 - 11

When a snowstorm maroons a group of travelers at a bus stop just outside Kansas City, romance and drama ensue. 239-481-2233

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Friday - 10 Everglades Seafood Festival Everglades City, Florida Feb. 10 - 12

Baby Yoga with YoPlay Yoga Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. 239-695-2277

Baby trees, giggle and cuddle bends, bubble boats, bouncing baby lifts and rock the babies are all some of the things you and your baby will enjoy during this special yoga experience with YoPlay Yoga. Older siblings are welcome to attend with a babydoll. Bring a yoga mat or towel. 239-479-4636

"Red" Art Opening Cypress Lake High School 6750 Panther Ln., Fort Myers 5:30 - 9 p.m.

A variety of red, crimson, scarlet, and vermilion will cover our gallery walls as students explore different media to represent their own personal concept of the color. 239-481-2233

Sweeney Todd Center for Performing Arts - Moe Auditorium & Film Center 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs February 10 - 12

Tickets: $13 General Admission | $20 Reserved Seating (10% off for current CFABS Members) The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Teen Players are proud to present Sweeney Todd, the dark, witty and Tony Award-winning tale of love, murder and revenge set against the backdrop of 19th century London. 239-495-8989

Fiesta Friday - Bilingual Storytime Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 11 a.m.

February’s Fiesta Friday is all about celebrating kindness and love. Singing, rhyming and easy word exercises will be a part of the fiesta. Parents and children will listen to a story told in both English and Spanish and participate in making a heart-shaped (en forma de corazon) craft. 239-479-4636

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Valentine Creations for Teens and Kids Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 3 p.m.

Make special valentines for friends and family. All supplies provided. For ages 5 up. 239-479-4636

Magic of Dolls - Doll & Teddy Bear Show and Sale Araba Shriners Hall 2010 Hanson St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

By the Fort Myers Doll Club and the Cape Coral Doll Guild, Antique & Modern Dolls and doll related items for sale. Proceeds benefit local charities. Cost: $4; free for children under 11 239-540-8628 Kids Magic Show with BJ Odom Laugh In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers Doors open at noon & show at 1:30 p.m. Every Saturday in February! Ages 4 -14, lunch menu available, $10 general admission, $5 kids. 239-479-LAFF www.laughincomedycafe.com

High School A Capella Quarterfinals Cypress Lake High School 6750 Panther Ln., Fort Myers 7 - 10 p.m.

Come and experience Pitch Perfect live! The best high school A Cappella groups from the state of Florida will be performing, including TAG. 239-481-2233

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Science Saturday Miromar Outlets, Estero 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland

Join Mr. Glen and his Science & Engineering team and the Sylvan Learning Center for interactive science projects. 239-948-3766

LEGO Club Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 2 p.m.

Join us for a short story and Lego-based games and activities. Children can also build & share a Lego creation. Legos provided. 239-479-4636

R.E.A.D. to Dogs East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m.

R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. 239-479-4636

Valentine's Day Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine's Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine's Day Is Cool. Don't miss out! 239-437-0654

Free Movies in the Park: Clash of the Titans Clemente Park, Fort Myers Dusk

Family activities one hour before showtime! Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Concessions are $1. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 239-321-7530

African Folklore and Crafts Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

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Meet some favorite African tricksters like Anansi the spider who is always up to no good. Then, we'll make a craft to celebrate. Appropriate for elementary school students. 239-479-4636

Mutt Strutt Edwards Dr. & Hendry, downtown Fort Myers 3 – 6 p.m.

Bring your favorite pooch and join in the festivities to celebrate our canine friends. A parade and costume contest will take place at 5 pm. Canine registration to participate in the festivities is $10. www.edisonfestival.org

Valentine Creations for Teens and Kids Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 3 p.m.

Make special valentines for friends and family. All supplies provided. For ages 5 up. 239-479-4636

Kids Club: Valentine's Day Cookies Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 1 Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m.- noon

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy quick project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 239-215-1730

STEMtastic Day of Discovery Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the region has over 7,500 participants create and learn through hands-on experiments to show how science is involved in our everyday lives. This free event is produced in conjunction with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. www.edisonfestival.org

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Saturday, Feb. 11 - continued Edison Garden Festival Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers Feb. 11 - 12

Dozens of vendors from all over the state of Florida will have exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. This family event will have numerous kids’ activities, including a petting zoo on February 11 from 1-4 p.m. Kids will also be able to make crafts, such as bookmarks, Valentine's Day cards, votive candle holders and lockets with pressed flowers and get temporary flower tattoos. Event takes place Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 239-334-7419

Sunday - 12

Movies Under The Stars Inside Out Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero Saturday, February 25 • 6 p.m.

Grab your blankets and popcorn and snuggle up under the stars. Movies Under the Stars will be held in the grassy area next to Florida Blue. Join us at 6 pm and the movie will take place after sunset between 7-8 pm on the forth Saturday of the month from January through April. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their viewing enjoyment. Please leave coolers at home and support our food and beverage retailers. Pets are welcome! 239-992- 9966

Junior Fun Run First Street & Lee Street, Downtown Fort Myers Noon

Hundreds of young participants turn out to show their determination and pride. The Junior Fun Run is open to children in grades five and below. Grades 4 & 5 run a mile, 3rd graders run threequarters of a mile, first and second graders run half a mile, kindergarten students run one-quarter mile, and students under 5 years old run 5075 yards. The Fort Myers Track Club helps to make this a fantastic active event for the children and many children run year after year! There is a $5 entry fee, which includes a T-shirt and ribbon, for all children wishing to participate. www.edisonfestival.org

Free Teen Class: Embroidered Emoji Pins Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trail Market Square, Fort Myers 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Teens can learn a new embroidery stitch as they make cute emoji pins. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $5. 239-215-1730

Junior Parade Downtown River District, Fort Myers 2:30 p.m.

Florida’s largest youth parade showcases the creativity and talents of hundreds of Southwest Florida children and their families. Over 100 units including floats, marching bands, dancers, street performers, clowns and dignitaries parade their way around the Downtown River District. The annual event has been taking place in Southwest Florida since the 1940s and gets better every year! The Junior Parade is held during the day and is a smaller version of the Grand Parade. It’s old-fashioned family fun for participants and spectators. Come join us and be part of the tradition! www.edisonfestival.org

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Orchestra Explorer Series Broadway Palm Dinner Theater 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Features Gulf Coast Symphony musicians playing short classical pieces, as well as pieces kids will recognize to introduce the different instrument families of the orchestra. These programs also include a Musical Discovery Zone where kids can interact with musicians and their instruments in a fun and relaxed setting, and try some of the instruments themselves, 239-277-1700

Monday - 13

DIY Teen Crafts: Perler Beading East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Arrange beads into any shape you want and iron them together to make a magnet or keychain. 239-479-4636

Patriotic Show (chorus) North Fort Myers High School 5000 Orange Grove Blvd, Fort Myers 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Canned Food Drive to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank. 239-995-2117

Orchestra Explorer Series Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 26100 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs 5:30 p.m.

Features Gulf Coast Symphony musicians playing short classical pieces, as well as pieces kids will recognize to introduce the different instrument families of the orchestra. These programs also include a Musical Discovery Zone where kids can interact with musicians and their instruments in a fun and relaxed setting, and try some of the instruments themselves, 239-277-1700

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Wii and Board Games East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

A variety of Nintendo Wii games and board games are available in this drop in program. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Family Movie Night Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 5:30 p.m.

We will be showing a fun, family movie to celebrate the love in the air. 239-479-4636

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Cirque Italia 917 NE Pine Island Rd. Cape Coral February 16 - 19

Northeast corner of Pine Island Rd. & Andalusia Under the White & Blue Big Top Tent Feb 16 – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 17 – Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 18 – Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Feb 19 – Sunday: 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: 941-704-8572

Valentine's Make and Take East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 3 p.m.

Create a special valentine to give to a friend or family member. 239-479-4636

Wednesday - 15 Moms Appreciation Day

Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat from le macaron french pastries when you bring your kids to FREE Kids Crafts. 239-9483766

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Thursday - 16

Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes - Engineering Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Emerging Inventors explore the engineering process as they learn about simple machines and engage in hands-on design activities. Program includes story and music time, socializing with others, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens and museum at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Children 1 - 5 years old year and their parents) 239-334-7419

Friday - 17

Presidents Day Paper Bag Puppets Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make paper bag puppets of President Washington and President Lincoln. Instructions and supplies are available in the Children's Room. 239-479-4636

Oasis Charter Elementary: Annie Jr. Ida S Baker High School, Cape Coral Feb 22 - 24 • 6:30 p.m. 239-542-1577

Saturday - 18 Family Yoga with Kathryn Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. in WINK Playland

A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class, for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. 239-948-3766

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site - this time with a focus on team-building, friendship and working together! Will they get the big job done? Come and find out at Storytime featuring Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Coloring and activities to follow. 239-437-0654

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Kids Magic Show with BJ Odom Laugh In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers Doors open at noon & show at 1:30 p.m. Every Saturday in February! Ages 4 -14, lunch menu available, $10 general admission, $5 kids. 239-479-LAFF www.laughincomedycafe.com

Pure Florida presents Kids Science Cruise Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples 10 a.m.

Featuring a fun and engaging science show by Glen Beitmen of “Super Science & Amazing Art” on “The Wonders of Water.” The Kids Science Cruise will be free for children when accompanied by paid adult admission. Aboard the M/V Double Sunshine, guests of all ages will enjoy Beitmen’s humor and hands-on science experiments and demonstrations that entertain and educate children about the properties of water, environmental science and the marine wildlife that live in and around Southwest Florida’s waterways. At the conclusion of Beitmen’s science show, “The Wonders of Water,” children and their families will enjoy a beautiful sightseeing cruise along the Gordon River. Registration for the children’s cruise is free for youth 12-years-old and younger with every paid adult admission of $35. Additional child admission is $17.50. For more information or to book your ticket, visit www.PureFL.com or call 239-263-4949.

Fossil Fest The Shell Factory and Nature Park 2787 N Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Silent auction, grand prize raffle, kids dig, vendors and fossil dealers, free fossil museum and exhibit. Fun and games for all with prizes. 239-995-2141

Special Needs Storytime Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m.

Books, music, and sensory experiences for children age 3 to 12-years-old with special needs and their families. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Grand Parade Fort Myers High to Downtown Fort Myers 7 p.m.

Named as the largest night parade in the Southeast year after year, the Grand Parade is a two-hour extravaganza featuring national participants & local marching bands, floats, local government and law enforcement officials, clowns and much, much more. The parade brings the entire Southwest Florida community out in celebration of the life and achievements of our local winter resident, Thomas Edison. Spectators come from near and far to enjoy this event and often begin marking their viewing spot weeks in advance! Although the event is free for spectators there are two ticketing options open to attendees. The first ticketing option is run by local non-profit groups through the Festival that sell reserved seats (“Street Seats”) and the second ticketing option is VIP tickets which are sold online and in the Edison Festival of Light office (which include food and beverages). www.edisonfestival.org

USA TAEKWONDO CENTER SPRING CAMP APRIL 10 - 17

Early Enrollment Special $100 a Week AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM $65 A WEEK We pick up your child from school, we offer homework help, and daily Taekwondo class that teaches focus, confidence, listening skills and the importance of good grades.

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Teen Advisory Group Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Do you have ideas to help improve the library for teen patrons? If so come out and join our advisory group. We need your input, so don't be shy. Snacks provided. 239-479-4636

Tween Saturdays East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m.

Decorate your own Frisbee then join us for the indoor Frisbee game “Flutterguts.” For grades 5 - 8. 239-479-4636

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Saturday, Feb. 18 - continued Author Visit: Elissa Brent Weissman Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Horse Interaction Day Birthday Bash Saddlewood Horse Club

16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral Saturday, Feb. 11•10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come out to a fun-filled day for our Horse Interaction Day! Children 2 - 15 will be able to enjoy a Valentine horsey kissing booth, pony/horse riding, brush horses, pet, feed horses, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included. Birthday Bash: Tasha turns 30! Celebrate our horsey birthday with cake and carrots. Please pre-register by phone or email to reserve your spot - limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate. 239-738-9300 or Santa@CapeHorses.com www.CapeHorses.com

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Listen to the talented Elissa Brent Weissman, author of "Nerd Camp." Please note the author will be able to sign pre-purchased books only. For school-age kids. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Kids Club: Potted Cactus Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 1 Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 239-215-1730

Monday - 20

Coloring for Kids! Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 1 p.m.

Relax and create with some coloring fun. Coloring sheets, coloring book pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be supplied by the library. Register online or at the Youth Services desk. Space is limited to 50. For ages 3-12. 239-479-4636

Book Discussion: “Upside Down Magic” by Sara Mlynowski South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 2 p.m.

For grades 3 – 6. Join in the discussion of this story of magic, friendship, and learning that it’s OK to be just who you are. Beginning Jan. 20, register at the Youth Services Desk and receive a free copy of “Upside Down Magic,” while supplies last. Participate in the discussion and be entered to win a prize. Light snacks will be provided. 239-479-4636

Game Night for Teens Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Play Super Mario, NHL, Sonic, FIFA, Madden and many other games. 239-479-4636

Musical Discovery Zone East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Families will get to touch and play a variety of instruments. Gulf Coast Symphony members will be on hand to demonstrate, share and guide future maestros. 239-479-4636

Preschool Race Track Mania Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10:30 a.m.

Zip and zoom around the Storytime Room with toy cars and handmade race tracks. For ages 2 to 5 years. Registration required. 239-479-4636

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Junior Builders Club Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m.

Toddlers and preschoolers, come join us and see where your imaginations will take you. We will hear a story and then build with Duplos and blocks. Come see what you can create. 239479-4636Registration is required.

Tuesday - 21

An Afternoon at the Movies Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 1 p.m.

A starship captain struggles with a personal crisis as he and his crew are attacked. When the assault leads to the destruction of their starship, the team end up marooned on a remote planet inhabited by aliens both hostile and helpful. Rated PG-13. For ages 13 and older. Movie showings are subject to change without notice. Seating is limited. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

An Afternoon at the Movies (teen) North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, two paranormal enthusiasts, a nuclear engineer and a subway worker band together to stop the otherworldly threat. Teens 13 & up are invited to watch the movie and enjoy refreshments. 239-479-4636

An Afternoon at the Movies East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2:30 p.m.

This animated comedy asks the question: What do our pets do all day when we're not home? Rated PG. 239-479-4636

Nailed It: DIY for Teens Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 4 p.m.

Do you like to make stuff? Drop into the Teen Zone for this monthly maker lab where Teens and Tweens take on Pinterest and YouTube projects to find out if they really work. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Picture Book Short Film Festival Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Enjoy some of our favorite picture books brought to life through the magic of movies. Eat popcorn while you watch. 239-479-4636

Wednesday - 22

Preschool Short Film Festival Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 10 a.m.

Enjoy several short films of some of the most popular and enjoyable picture books available at the library. We will have a continuous showing of films throughout the hour. Space is limited. Register online or at the Youth Services desk. For caregivers & children ages 2-5. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. 239-948-3766

Tween Art Club: Water Colors Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Ms. Kathleen will teach a few skills in painting and your work can be placed on display in the Supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Thursday - 23

Cinderella the Ballet Cypress Lake High School 6750 Panther Ln., Fort Myers Feb 23 - 25 • 7 - 9 p.m.

Dreams really do come true through beautiful dance, costumes, scenery, and the magic of classic ballet! 239-481-2233

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Friday - 24 The Harlem Globetrotters

Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Pkwy, Estero 7 p.m.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their action packed 2017 World Tour to Germain Arena on Friday February 24 at 7 p.m. A starstudded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. 239-948-7825

Greek Fest Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Feb. 24 - 26 Authentic Greek food, carnival rides & games, dance exhibitions, live music, merchandise vendors, car or $25,000 raffle, dollar cash Raffle and more! Adults $5 for the entire weekend and children under 12 years old are free! Adults $5 for the entire 3-day weekend.

Orchestra Explorer Series Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 10 a.m.

Features Gulf Coast Symphony musicians playing short classical pieces, as well as pieces kids will recognize to introduce the different instrument families of the orchestra. These programs also include a Musical Discovery Zone where kids can interact with musicians and their instruments in a fun and relaxed setting, and try some of the instruments themselves, 239-277-1700

Kids Day Miromar Outlets, Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

Kids from toddlers to twelve are invited to participate in fun activities. Kids will receive a free slice of pizza from Luna Pizza and a coupon for a free kids cone from Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, while supplies last. 239-948-3766

Children under 12 years old are free. Starting at 11 a.m. www.greekfestfortmyers.com

Social Justice for Teens: Human Trafficking Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m.

Feb 24 – Friday: 7:30 p.m. Feb 25 – Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Feb 26 – Sunday: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: 941-704-8572

Kids Club: Funny Bird Michaels, 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 1 Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

(1-2 yrs) Socialization is so important for children and their parents/caregivers. Join us and meet some new friends for both you and your child. Please call 239-574-0804 for info or registration.

ReptiDay Crowne Plaza Fort Myers At Bell Tower Shops 13051 Bell Tower Dr. , Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cirque Italia Marketplace – Downtown Punta Gorda 100 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda Under the White & Blue Big Top Tent February 24 - 26

Free Playtime Four Freedoms Park 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral 10:30 - 11:30 am

Saturday - 25

Fairy Party Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day with crafts, games and, of course, fairy tales. 239-479-4636 Kids Magic Show with BJ Odom Laugh In Comedy Cafe, 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers Doors open at noon & show at 1:30 p.m.

Every Saturday in February! Ages 4 -14, lunch menu available, $10 general admission, $5 kids. 239-479-LAFF www.laughincomedycafe.com

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Trafficking can only be eliminated when every part of society is informed and aware. Be the Light, a nonprofit organization, will teach teens how to notice signs, tell their network and never be afraid to report suspicious activity. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

They make; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 239-215-1730

Join us in Ft. Myers as the Repticon team brings you ReptiDay, the one-day reptile show and sale! Brought to you by the same team that has produced Repticon reptile expos across the country for the past decade, ReptiDay will feature everything that you’ve come to love the most about Repticon all packed into a single day of fun and excitement! See live animals from around the world, purchase pets and pet products direct from the experts at amazing prices you won’t find anywhere else, and learn more about reptiles and exotic animals at live seminars and demonstrations. ReptiDay is one reptile day that you can’t afford to miss! http://repticon.com

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Saturday, Feb. 25 - continued 15th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival Rotary Park 5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A fun day for the whole family, filled with entertaining and educational programs, hands-on activities for children, live animals, guided nature walks, butterfly house tours, bus tours to active owl burrows, silent auction, Love Boat Ice Cream and other tasty treats for lunch. $5 requested donation for adults. Children 16 and under are free. 239-549-4606

Annual Butterfly & Blossom Festival The Butterfly Estates 1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers Feb 25 - 26 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers February 23 through March 5

The best in livestock, agriculture, carnival, entertainment, clowns, Fire Fighter Training Show, Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, magic shows, Lumberjack Show,Tadpole the Clown, Stilt Walker, beauty pageant, youth talent show, contests, good food and great times! www.leeciviccenter.com 239-543-8368

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Vendors, children’s activities, raffles and more! $4 per person. 239-690-2359

Bike Contest Eagle Skate Park 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral 6 - 9 p.m.

Come out to Eagle Skate Park on Saturday, February 25 and participate in the bike contest. Only $10 per person and prizes will be awarded. 239-242-3950

Buildapalooza Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Get ready to build and play with a variety of kid-friendly construction materials. Bring your creativity and the library will supply the rest. For grades K - 5. Registration begins Feb. 4. 239-479-4636

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author's birthday on March 2nd, we will host a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities and more. Don't miss out on this funfilled Storytime! 239-437-0654

Monday - 27

Magnetic Slime East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Make your own magnetic slime using common ingredients. Program limited to high school students. 239-479-4636

LEGO Club Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Build and share Lego creations. Lego pieces provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Buildapalooza: Tiny Tots Edition Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10:30 a.m.

Get ready to build and play with a variety of kid-friendly construction materials. Bring your creativity and the library will supply the rest. For ages 2 to 5. Registration begins Feb. 6. 239-479-4636

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DUAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT GROUP every Tuesday 4 - 5:30 p.m. Hope Clubhouse, 3602 Broadway Ave., Ft. Myers 603-2496. LIVING WITH EPILEPSY SUPPORT GROUP Offering support and learn about "Living with Epilepsy" but also how to manage and care for all our kids and families that have special needs. Lakes Regional Library, Fort Myers. 233-2205 FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES Parent Training & Information Center. Information & resources on school issues for parents of children with disabilities. 800-825-5736.

FAMILY OF SUBSTANCE ABUSERS GROUP Support and info for families with loved ones who have an alcohol or drug problem. No fees. Every Mon. 6-7:30 p.m. 3763 Evans Ave, Fort Myers 332-6937

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS Family and friends concerned about loved ones' use of drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral issues. FREE. Meeting 7 p.m. Thursdays, Church of the Cross 13500 Freshmen Ln, Fort Myers 936-9555

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY For information regarding transportation to treatment, support for breast cancer patients, Look Good Feel Better sessions, free wigs, bras and other miscellaneous items as well as local lodging free of charge during cancer treatment. 1-800-227-2345

ABORTION COUNSELING One-on-one or group counseling sessions focused on leading women through healing emotionally and spiritually after an abortion. Information on free services 433-1929 ABUSE COUNSELING TREATMENT + Family Support of rape survivors (ACT) 939-3112

ACA Adult children of alcoholics and other dysfunctions 12 step group. Tuesday and Thursday night at 6-7:30 p.m. at 10051 Plantation Rd., Fort Myers. Park near pond and enter side door or ring bell to room 109. Child care available. 904-465-6537 AL-ANON AFG (Family Groups) in Lee County 274-1353

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS Addiction Problems? Narcotics Anonymous holds 45 meetings per week. Call our 24 Hour Helpline at 866-389-1344 NAGulfCoastFLA.org

AUTISM/ATTENTION Deficit Spectrum Support Group meets quarterly for family and friends of children on the autism spectrum. 728-3948

BEREAVEMENT GROUP Offered through Hope Hospice every Wed., at 10 a.m., and every Tues., at 6 p.m. 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers 482-4673

BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER OF THE SUN COAST provides oneto-one mentoring to children 6-18 years old. To enroll your child or to become a mentor, please contact the Lee County office at 288-4224 or visit our website: www.bbbssun.org BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Radiology Regional Center, 6140 Winkler Rd., Fort Myers. Meets monthly on the 4th Monday from 6-7:30 pm. Contact: Bonnie at 936-2316 CANDLELIGHTERS Support for children with cancer. Call for schedule of meetings. 432-2223

CARING4KIDS Support group for parents of children with bipolar disorder, impulse control disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, ADHD or schizophrenia. 3rd Thurs. of the month, 6-7 p.m., Ruth Cooper Center, Fort Myers. 278-0981

CHADD (Children With Attention Deficit Disorder) Meets at Lee Memorial Hospital Auditorium, first Tues. of the month, 7-9 p.m. 466-1167 or 472-9758. CHILD CARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL is a free information and referral service for parents. Call 935-6100.

COMMUNITY SPONSORED DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Last Wed. of each month at Lehigh Senior Center. 369-5609 CROSSROADS Offering opportunities to the singles of Lee County to have Christian fellowship & spiritual enrichment. Singles ages 30+, no matter their church affiliation. Every 2nd & 4th Saturday at 6 p.m. First Assembly 936-6277

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP OF SW FLORIDA 2nd Thursday of each month. 9:30am at Cape Coral Hospital, new cafeteria. Call Emil at 574-6152. DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE - FT. MYERS Support group meets at SWFAS, 3763 Evans Ave. every Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. For info call Pam McCartney at 738-8030.

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FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS Are You Having Trouble Controlling the Way You Eat? Local Meeting in Cape Coral on Fri.& Sun. & Ft. Myers on Tues. & Thurs. 338-5948 MADD (MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING) General meeting, 2nd Tues. of the month, 7 p.m., 1620 Medical Lane, Rm. 120, Fort Myers 936-2902

PARENTS OF MURDERED CHILDREN SW FLORIDA First Tues. of the month at the First Assembly West, 121 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral 6 p.m. Anyone who has been a victim of a homicide or friend, are welcomed-not just for the parents. 941-916-0677

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Offers several support groups in Lee County for adults who have been diagnosed with any mental illness. Groups meet weekly, free. 337-9024

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP, An international 12 step program, provides an informational resource and fellowship support network for those affected by the addictions of a loved one. Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615 POWERFUL YOU! WOMEN'S NETWORK Women who come together to bridge the gap between Business, Personal & Spiritual Growth. Meetings second Wednesday of the month. $17. 12984 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 603-6700

ORGAN TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS OF SW FLORIDA, INC, a support group welcoming anyone interested in organ transplantation. First Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. Lee Memorial Outpatient Center @ the Sanctuary, 8960 Colonial Dr., Fort Myers. 410-5802 PARENTS OF BIPOLAR CHILDREN, LEE COUNTY, parent support meetings in Cape Coral & Ft. Myers. 313-5664 PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ADHD, AUTISM & BEHAVIORIAL ISSUES - Elite DNA Therapy Services, 6360 Techster Blvd. Fort Myers. 223-2751

PULMONARY FIBROSIS support group, 1-2 p.m., third Friday of the month at Health Park. 335-7720 SW FL PODS ANGELS FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Every fourth Tuesday each month 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Carl Drews Center, 18412 Lee Rd., Fort Myers. 292-2514 PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) 3rd Wed each month, 10 a.m. at the Veterans Foundation, Cape Coral. 541-8704

TWEENS & TEENS LIFE SKILLS - SELF ESTEEM GROUP Discussions concerning peer pressure, coping skills, handling bullies, healthy goal setting and more. 5:30 p.m. 1705 Colonial Blvd., Suite A4, Fort Myers. 936-8281 SICKLE CELL Anemia Support Group Call 461-5703

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CHILDBIRTH & FAMILY EDUCATION CLASSES Lee Memorial Health System offers a variety of courses such as Baby Saver (CPR), Childbirth Education, Breast Feeding, Safe Sitter and Infant Massage. 432-3271

JOYFUL BIRTHING Doula services, Childbirth education, Lactation consultation. Free in-home consultation www.joyfulbirthing.net. Contact Nancy F. Prevatt, RN, CCE, CD (Charis). 863-673-6812 CHILDBIRTH CLASSES – FREE classes for women at any stage of pregnancy. Covers stages of labor, delivery, nutrition and newborn care. Call for next available class – 239-433-1929.

THE BIRTH CIRCLE OF THE SW FLORIDA BIRTH NETWORK A meeting to find caring support, sound guidance, help with informed decision making, evidence-based information, and a safe place for encouragement, healing and connection. Meet the second Thursday of every month 5-6 p.m. at The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. 239-849-5019

SWFL MOMS IN MOTION welcomes all Mom, Mommiesto-be, or future Mommies whether you are looking for a walking buddy, just getting out into the physical fitness arena, or need the support to move forward or help maintaining. This not only includes a weight loss goals or weight management goals, but also social (meeting other moms), mental, physical and financial wellness. Our meet ups will be child friendly. www.meetup.com/SWFL-MIM/

MOPS/MOMSnext at Night is program geared toward moms who work outside the home. Childcare is available. Dinner is provided for mom and children. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Join us for guest speakers, fellowship, community service projects and encouragement. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers. 239-274-1230 http://mops.newhopefortmyers.org

MOPS OF COVENANT - FORT MYERS An International non-denominational group of moms who meet at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 2439 McGregor Blvd. on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month 9:30 a.m - Noon. Nursery is provided. Please pack a lunch for your children. Moms can enjoy food, guest speakers, service projects, crafts & fellowship. Call the church at 334-8937. MOPS of CAPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP is a group designed to offer encouragement and support for mothers with children ages 0-5 years. too). Food, fun and fellowship in addition to guest speakers and crafts with childcare included. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wed. (Sept. - May) from 9:30 to 11:45 at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral info@capechristian.com

SIX MILE MOPS - Mothers of preschoolers with children 05 years, (pregnant women are welcome too) meet on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month September-May, 9:3011:30am. Enjoy some fun, encouragement, food, and speakers on relevant to moms topics. Childcare provided. Fort Myers Evangelical Free Church, 6798 Plantation Pines Blvd, Fort Myers 768-0308 www.sixmilemops.org

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LA LECHE League Fort Myers, first Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Hillary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd.. La Leche League of Cape Coral meets third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cape Coral Hospital, second floor waiting room. Jerri 239-454-1350 jerrimouse@hotmail.com

SOUTH LEE COUNTY MOMS AND TODDLERS South Fort Myers Moms are composed of working and stay at home moms, and provide a variety of activities for everyone! Kids range from newborns to 5 years old but older children are always welcome to any event! South Lee Moms offers a range of activities including home and park playdates, crafting fun, holiday parties, and field-trips and more. www.meetup.com/South-Fort-Myers-Moms

MOPS OF NEW HOPE - FORT MYERS Mothers of Preschoolers meets at 9:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesday (Sept-May) at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 274-1230. Enjoy fun, food, and fellowship in addition to guest speakers. Childcare provided. http://mops.newhopefortmyers.org

Offering many different volunteering opportunities for a number of different interests. ARC volunteers are able to interact with the animals by walking dogs; helping out with basic cat care including feeding, watering, scooping boxes and cleaning up cat houses; or simply socializing with the animals and giving them treats and love. 239-258-1278

LA LECHE League Fort Myers - Phone/email support only Beth 239-471-6899, En Espanol - Lessie 239-265-3266 lessieveronica@hotmail.com

Mothers Support Groups

HEALTHY START For high-risk moms and babies Lee County. Lee Memorial Health System. 239-225-7734

MINDFUL BIRTH SERVICES AND DOULA CARE Birthing From Within® 4-week group classes on Monday nights 6-8:30 in Fort Myers. Couples benefit as fathers/partners learn how to support the birthing mother in ANY type of birth. 239-560-2403 www.mindfulbirthservices.com

WIC BREASTFEEDING CIRCLE: Join us if you have questions about anything breastfeeding, need help making an informed decision on how to feed your baby, and/or would like to connect with other moms. We meet every Monday from 10am-11am at the WIC Breastfeeding Welcome Center 3920 Michigan Ave, Ft Myers, which is located behind the Lee County Health Department. 239-332-9615

PERINATAL MOOD SUPPORT GROUP Free monthly meetings for all mothers seeking support who are suffering with a mood change, disorder, baby blues, or support adjusting to parenthood. Meets second Wednesday of every month from 10-11:30 am at SWFL Counseling LLC 8280 College Parkway, Suite 103, Fort Myers 239-848-5904

STRONG MOMMAS A peer support group for pregnant & postpartum women. This group is for women to know that they are not alone. It meet s on the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at 4206 Del Prado Blvd S. in Cape Coral. Babies welcome up to 24 mo. (please use discretion.) 239-224-0622

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STRONG MOMMAS - A free peer support group for pregnant and postpartum moms. STRONG MOMMAS will meet regularly on the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at 4206 Del Prado Blvd S. in Cape Coral. Babies welcome up to 24 mo. (please use discretion.) Call Julia, at 224-0622.

Homeschool Groups

HEART 'N HOME HOMESCHOOLERS A small Christian-based

homeschool support group in Lee Co. Our activities are primarily in Cape Coral and N. Ft. Myers. We have weekly activities for kids and monthly parent support meetings. Find us on facebook (Heartnhome Homeschoolers) 239-223-9710 www.heartnhome.org

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOMESCHOOLING FAMILIES www.homeschool-life.com/fl/swflhsf -352-2002- Lynda

CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS OF SW FL (CHESF) is a Christ-centered support group that encourages and equips home schooling families. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at Gateway Grace Fellowship, 7 pm. www.chesf.org or email: Info@CHESF.org LEHIGH ACRES HOMESCHOOL GROUP - We are a very diverse

group with families from Lehigh, Ft Myers, Cape Coral and surrounding areas. Weekly park dates – Fridays 1pm Vet Park. Join us on /www.facebook.com/groups/lehighhomeschool/ 239-719-1238

GULF COAST HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION A parent sup-

port group for homeschool families for over 20yrs! We meet on a regular basis to discuss homeschooling, share common concerns, provide fellowship, and cooperatively volunteer to organize social and educational activities. www.gchsa.com. admin@gchsa.com

HOMESCHOOL FAMILY SWFL, a support group for Christian families in the LeeCounty area. We have field trips, co-ops, park days,educational links & much more. hsfgroupowner@yahoo.com

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Angelfish swim program launches for kids with disabilities By Kate Lynch, Lee Health Spending time in a pool can develop a child’s range of motion, strength and endurance, and is even more important for children with disabilities. According to the National Autism Association, drowning is among the leading causes of death for children with autism. The Angelfish swim lesson program, offered by the Wellness Center - Cape Coral, is not just for children with autism, but is designed specifically for children with any type of challenge. In Angelfish swim lessons, children ages 3 years and older learn life-saving skills and rules around water such as asking for permission before entering a pool. They also are taught how to swim to the side and float on their backs when they are too tired to swim. All instructors are certified through Starfish Aquatics Institute and certified to teach children with disabilities. “We have a toolbox of strategies that specifically target the needs of each child, individually,” says exercise specialist Emily Withington. “The program has three major goals: to teach children how to swim to boost their physical activity levels, for them to develop self-confidence and ultimately, to teach life-saving skills. “The process of learning how to swim helps with balance, coordination and the development of motor skills. As children learn to float and move through the water, they isolate muscle

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groups and learn how to coordinate different motions in order to swim.” The Angelfish program works with families and caregivers to decide what type of lesson will be best for their child. “I love what I do because there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the, ‘I did it!’ look light up a child’s face when they have mastered a skill they can use for years to come,” Withington says. Scheduled group lessons: • Monday - Saturday; mainly in the afternoon • 30 minute sessions • Lessons are Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday (8 lessons total) • Saturday, early afternoon lessons are also available for 4 weeks (4 lessons total) Scheduled private lessons: • For children needing more one-on-one instruction • 8 lessons total with 30 minute sessions • Lesson schedule is based on the availability of instructors; Monday - Saturday To enroll your child for private or group swim lessons, visit the front desk of the Wellness Center - Cape Coral, or call Philly McMurrain at 239-849-6669.

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Heart Walk & Wellness Festival Feb. 18 in Estero Join the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Southwest Florida office for the first annual Estero Heart Walk & Wellness Festival 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero, to raise awareness and funds to fight cardiovascular diseases. Hosted by the Village of Estero, the non-competitive walk and wellness festival is open to all age groups and pet-friendly. Registration is $35/adult; children 18 and under are free. Participants receive a complimentary T-shirt and enjoy the following activities starting at 8:30 a.m.: • A “Kids Zone” area • Golf chipping and putting, bocce, horseshoes and more • Sponsor booths • Heart-health information & support network information

The co-chairs for the inaugural event, which evolved from The Brooks Heart Walk’s three years of success, are Barbara and Doug Saxton. Platform sponsor is Lee Health. Funds raised allow the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to provide professional and community education, as well as critical research yielding medical advances such as cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, angioplasty, pacemakers and CPR. Research has shown walking to be the single most effective form of exercise to achieve ideal cardiovascular health. Walking 30 minutes a day can improve critical numbers like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. For information on participating in the Estero Heart Walk, contact Kelly Goodwien, Lee County Heart Walk director, at 239-495-4901, or email Kelly.Goodwien@Heart.org

Run 4 The Cause Feb. 25 to benefit Christy’s Cause Run 4 The Cause, a 5K Fun Run & Walk to support Christy’s Cause, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Living Waters Church, 22100 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero. Christy’s Cause is a local non-profit working to eradicate child sex trafficking through education, public awareness, restoration projects, and justice initiatives. “Less than 1% of all sex trafficking victims are ever identified,” said Christy Ivie, founder of Christy’s Cause. “Human trafficking ties second as the largest global enterprise with Florida ranking third in the

nation for reported cases. We are fighting to make a difference in the lives of those who desperately need our help.” The event will include a professionallytimed 5K run and non-timed walk. The run will begin at 7 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:45 a.m. The fee to participate is $30 per person plus a $3 signup fee. A $5 discount will apply to a second participant. An option for walkers and runners to fundraise has been added this year. For more information or to register, visit www.christyscause.com/run4thecause

Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Feb. 18

The sixth annual Southwest Florida Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18. at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), located between Cypress Lake and College by Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The walk will highlight local survivors and will be led by the Marines. There will be a 50/50 raffle, music, entertainment, refreshments, face painting, and fun. Registration is $50 online and $60 for walk-ins. For more informatin, go online to 2017SouthwestFloridaWalk.kintera.org or call 239-415-3886.

Contact lenses may be an option for children

By Heather Trapheagen Contact lenses, if cared for properly, may be a safe option for correcting children’s vision. At times, wearing eyeglasses for certain recreational activities, such as playing sports, may be difficult. Contact lenses may be a convenient alternative. Full-time & parttime wear has been made less complicated by single-use lenses. Single-use lenses are the healthiest contact lens type for all ages, but especially for younger patients to ensure a lifetime of safe wear. Appropriate age for contact lens wear is something a parent should discuss with the

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doctor. If a child is mature enough to handle and care for contact lenses, and is responsible enough to remove and clean the lenses, as directed, wearing contact lenses may be a great option (along with a back-up pair of eyeglasses). Contact lens examinations generally have higher fees, for new and established wearers, due to extra testing, training, and corneal health evaluation. If you would like to see if your child would be a full-time or part-time candidate for contact lenses, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heather Trapheagen at 573EYES (3937). Many insurances are accepted.

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ARTSENTERTAINMENT

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Movies to see on the big screen

A Dogʼs Purpose

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media is executive produced by Alan Blomquist, Mark Sourian and Lauren Pfeiffer, and it will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Opens Jan. 27 - rated PG

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The LEGO Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the selfdescribed leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: The LEGO Batman Movie. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Opens Feb. 10 - rated PG

Beauty and The Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston; Kevin Kline as Maurice; Josh Gad as Lefou; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette; Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth; and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Opens March 17 - rated PG

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Annual Young Artists Awards gala March 6 in Fort Myers The entire community is invited to celebrate the best of performing arts students from throughout Southwest Florida at the 14th Annual Young Artists Awards Gala on Monday, March 6 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. Tickets to the event are only $55, including a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 7 p.m. In addition to enjoying the performances judged by the professionals in attendance that evening, the program will also feature the ‘Audience Choice’ award, where tickets holders in attendance are invited to vote on their favorite performer at the event. Thirty-five cash scholarships and other prizes will be awarded to the students this year. There will also be a special appearance by the Cypress Lake Center for the Arts award The 2016 Young Artist Awards winners with gala emcee Lois Thome of winning The A Cappella Group. The not for profit Young Artists Awards program continbest of performing arts students ages 8-21 from ues to expand in its fourteenth year of operation. On throughout Southwest Florida participated in the largest four separate auditions days during two weekends in independent performing arts competition held in Lee January, seven panels of 60 professionals and educaCounty, held on the campus of the Alliance for the Arts tors in the performing arts adjudicated registered audiin Fort Myers. Ranging in skill from elementary age tions in dance, drama, instrumental music, classical students auditioning in voice or dance for their first voice and contemporary voice/musical theatre. The

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time to college age performers who have won international competitions, each judge provided the students in their category with written comments and critiques in addition to their scoring sheets. In addition to the 22 finalists selected to perform individually at the gala, an additional 11 runner-up participants will be recognized. “The talent of students in our area during our auditions was incredible,” said Katherine Boren, executive director of the program. “The adjudicators had a difficult job selecting the finalists. We once again had a waiting list of students wanting to participate this year. We are so appreciative of the professional judges who donate their time working with our students, as well as the many community organizations that partner with us by offering opportunities to our students and allowing us to offer scholarships to these talented young people. The community will be astonished at the caliber of the local talent at our upcoming event.” Boren also stated that sponsorships of the program are still available by WINK TV. contacting her directly at 239-574-9321. Participants are given numerous opportunities to perform at other community events throughout the year. The winner of this year’s music category will be invited to perform with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Tickets to this popular event are now available at the Broadway Palm box office in person, by calling 239-278-4422 or by visiting www.broadwaypalm.com.

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Chick-fil-A Cypress Lake Packages starting at $6.50 per child. Includes: 4 count kids meal with an ice dream, visit and pictures with the Cow, balloons and goody bags with a mini moo, indoor play area and party attendant 13610 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-433-9030

Coast Elite Gymnastic Academy

Enjoy a 1 1/2 or 2 hour party of fun and exciting play at the gym Saturday or Sunday. 12,000 sq. feet of air-conditioned playspace becomes your child's personal birthday playground as they explore places to hang, swing, climb, jump and roll. Our parties feature a bounce house with slide, 30ft. long trampoline and a foam block pit for jumping and "swimming!” www.Coastelite.com 239-936-8467

Dance Warehouse

Dance ’til you drop at your next party! Dress-up your inner diva in our dance costumes and shoes, then shine like a star on our decorated 6,000 sq. ft. dance floor! We provide tables, tablecloths, food platters, beverages, snacks, and some decorations. You do not need to be a member of our dance family to host a party. Call now to reserve your special day! 239-275-5678

Family Music Time

A birthday party with Family Music Time, including 15 minute meet and greet, 45 minutes of guided musical play followed by 45 minutes for presents and cake. 440-251-0002, or email janey@familymusictime.com to learn more about having an unforgettable birthday celebration with Family Music Time! Birthday parties at our studio are appropriate for children ages 1-6. Costs: Non-Music Together Families - $175. Music Together Families - $150. www.familymusictime.com

GameTime

At GameTime we host and cater the perfect Birthday Party for ALL ages. Birthday Packages include food/beverage, decorations and game play. Celebrate together, then take the party to our Mega Arcade to play fun games that everyone will enjoy and win great prizes. We offer the most fun and entertainment under one roof and our Team will make certain your event is most memorable! GameTime is the best place to have a Birthday Party at any age! Customize your Party Package and simply book online. Just visit online and click "Party" to get started or call for more information. 11037 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers The Gulf Coast Towne Center 239-204-5964 www.gametimeplayers.com

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Germain Arena Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and beat the heat for some cool birthday fun. We offer birthday parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our public skating sessions. Our package includes a private party room, admission, skate rental, food, drinks, and a free skating pass for each child. Group Skating Discounts Monday – Friday Noon - 1:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 1 - 2:30 p.m. Call Cari Tyler for more info. 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero 239-948-7825 ext.1308 www.SkateEverblades.com

G-Force Dance

Running out of birthday party ideas...have your child's special day celebration here! We have two dance studio rooms available for party fun along with a kitchen/cafe area to make serving your guests a breeze. One of our dance faculty members will be on site to teach a fun and high energy dance class to your party guests. Break out of the normal routine and host your party with us! Call or email the studio for more information. Royal Palm Square Plaza, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste. 14, Fort Myers 239-288-6188 – www.g-forcedance.com

Imaginarium Science Center

Give your child the birthday bash of their dreams with full access to the Imaginarium exhibits, animal shows, 3D movie, private party room, and premium pull-apart cake. Best part of all, leave the decorating and clean up to us, and enjoy the party. Complete packages starting at $185. Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers 239-321-7410

Kids Comedy Show at Laugh In Comedy Cafe

The Best Darn Comedy Show for Kids is at Laugh In Comedy Cafe. Showtime is every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at noon for lunch. Fun for all ages and it’s great for birthday parties. Show features comedic magician BJ Odom. 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers 239-479-LAFF www.laughincomedycafe.com

Milestones Learning Center

We offer parties for children ages 3-9 years old. Our birthday package: (for 9 children plus the birthday boy/girl). Three hours of celebration which includes: A decorated party room which includes 10 latex balloons, 10 invitation cards, a crown for the birthday person, a take home craft of your choice, 2 organized games, 2 trained staff to direct activities and coordinating the event, use of outdoor play yard exclusive to your party, 2 large pizzas (cheese or pepperoni) and 24 juice boxes or mini waters. 19850 Breckenridge Drive, Estero 239-301-2962

Painting with a Twist

Looking for a different kind of kid’s party? Tired of clowns, bouncy houses, and gimmicks? Painting with a Twist Fort Myers is the perfect art party for your child and his or her friends. Host a painting party event to celebrate any occasion… kid’s birthday, art party, club events, after school enrichment programs, blank canvas parties, fundraising events, and so much more. At the end of each event every child takes home a valuable souvenir that they will always cherish. A rather impressive “Goodie Bag.” 9902 Gulf Coast Main St., suite D-130, Fort Myers 239-267-7928 www.paintingwithatwist.com/fort-myers

Pure Florida Science Birthday Parties

Pure Florida offers three great Science Birthday Party Packages. Cruise the waters of the Caloosahatchee with your child and their friends and do fun science experiments while enjoying cruising the river. Add engineering challenges or a science show with Mr. Glen. Three perfect birthday party options for any child. Pure Florida Fort Myers 239-919-2965 or email FortMyers@PureFL.com

The Shell Factory & Nature Park

For a great Birthday Party experience visit SW Florida's Number 1 Birthday Party Destination. Featuring The Fun Park, with Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, and much more. Ride The Soaring Eagle Zip Line followed by a visit to The Nature Park and get up close and personal with over 450 unique animals. Top off your day with fun at the newly expanded Video Arcade. Located in The Retail Store The Arcade has 30 of the newest games around and is adjacent to The Safari Cafe where your group can grab a snack or just relax with your favorite beverages. Remember The Retail Store is pet friendly so your four legged friend can also come to the party. For further info call and ask for Sammy. 2787 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 239-995-2141 www.shellfactory.com

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Southern Starz

Saddlewood Horsey Birthday Party

Riding and feeding horses and lots of fun. Covered table area! All events are rain or shine thanks to our covered riding arena. Complementary customized invitations for your convenience. You enjoy and we horsely take care of the rest. More than a birthday party - we create childhood memories. Flat rate $150-unlimited kids, 2 hours of horsey fun including Mini lesson on lead pony or horses for 1 hour, 2 ponies/horses and two handler (equestrian loaner helmets provided) Party room connected and overlooking the covered arena. Feeding of horses - just bring carrots. Paint a Pony $25 flat rate, Snuggle Bunnies $25, 15 x 15 professional bounce house $50. Extra pony/horse with handler 1 hour for $75, Extra 30 minutes in covered table area for $25 www.CapeHorses.com 239-738-9300

Sylvan Learning Center

Is your child wild about LEGO? Call now to throw him/her a LEGO Robotics Birthday Party! Sylvan Learning has everything you need to throw a fun and educational party where your child and up to 11 friends can learn how to build LEGO robots and code them to jump, dodge, quack, chomp, sing, and much more. $199 covers 1½ hour use of all the materials, decorations, and LEGO themed party favor for each guest. $279 covers 1 ½ hour use of all the materials, decorations, LEGO themed party favor for each guest, pizza, drinks, and special LEGO themed cake. Call to book your party at Sylvan today. Locations at Fort Myers, Estero or Cape Coral. 239-275-1130

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Have your next party at Southern Starz! You supply the cake and we’ll supply the fun! Have fun jumping on our trampolines, swinging on the bars and playing in the foam pit. Separate room for your cake or snack! www.southernstarzgymnastics.org 239-574-0034

Taekwondo United

Zoomers Family Amusement Park

Let’s Celebrate! From Birthday parties to corporate events, we can bring fun to your next party plans!! Let us help you design a day that your group will remember. Zoom on the go kart tracks, spin around on the Tilt-Awhirl and the Z-force, get splashed on the bumper boats or the Hippo Slide, play in the latest and more excited video game and much more. We have something for everyone. So grab the family, bring your friend, invite your coworker and come to have fun with us. Come in or call us today. 17455 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers 239-481-ZOOM (9666) www.zoomersamusementpark.com

Every birthday party is a unique celebration specially designed for your child. Each package includes fun, physical activity that is sure to create memories to last a lifetime! All packages have a 2 hour minimum and include: entertainment, sword for cutting cake, various games, piñata, and plastic ware. Super: above plus parachute $75 per hour. Deluxe: above plus Rock Wall $105 per hour. Premiere: above plus 20 minute Taekwondo class with Master Geoff $125 per hour. Alico Road and US41, Fort Myers www.tkdunited.com 239-822-6544

William “Bill” Austen Youth Center

The Youth Center offers party packages starting at just $199. Choose from Basic Party, Sweet 16, Prom/Graduation party, Sports Banquets, Character party, Laser Tag party. Some parties include D.J., pizza, drinks, party assistance and more. Call today and ask about our Character parties. . 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 239-242-3950

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