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Organizing toys Marquita Tinsman with her daughters, Sadie, Ellie and Riley

It’s official … Christmas is over. It’s time for my Christmas décor to come down. I need to stop eating so many sugar cookies. More than anything, I need to find a place for the kids’ new toys. We will donate some of their old toys, but I still need to get creative in finding a place for their new toys. I was looking for some cheap hacks to help me organize my kids’ toy room. Here is what I found: ~ Label and decorate empty coffee canisters and diaper wipe

containers for storage • Plastic envelopes or stackable paper trays for puzzle storage. • Stuff bean bags with stuffed animals • Plastic over-the-door shoe organizer for Barbies or action figures • Plastic bar soap container for playing cards Well, there’s a start. This is what I will be doing this month! Happy New Year!

Marquita

EDITOR’S NOTE: Marquita Tinsman is a wife, nurse and mother of three young girls. Each month, Marquita shares her thoughts, experiences and concerns that face families with young children. Check out her blog at www.leefamilynews.net

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SCHOOL

OPEN HOUSES

Tours & Information Sessions for 2017-18 TUESDAY - 10

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Diplomat Middle School 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Dunbar High School 6:30 - 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - 11

Saint Michael Lutheran School 6 - 8 p.m.

Cypress Lake High School

AP Capstone Info Night 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Fort Myers High School 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gulf Middle School 6:30 - 8 p.m.

THURSDAY - 12

Mariner Middle School 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Varsity Lakes Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

TUESDAY - 17

South Fort Myers High School 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

East Lee County High School 6 - 8 p.m.

North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Cape Coral High School IB West Zone 6:30 - 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - 18

Cypress Lake High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Three Oaks Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

Trafalgar Middle School 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY - 18 continued Riverdale High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Bishop Verot High School 6:30 p.m.

Cape Elementary School

Kindergarten orientation 6:30 - 8 p.m.

North Fort Myers High School Arts Info 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY - 19

Oak Hammock Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

Lee Virtual Instruction program

Lee Co. Public Education Center 6 - 8 p.m.

Mariner High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Bonita Springs Middle School 6 - 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY - 24

THURSDAY - 26

Lexington Middle School 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Caloosa Middle School 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Harns Marsh Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

Heights Elementary School 6 - 7 p.m.

Cypress Lake High School

AP Capstone Info 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY - 31

Allen Park Elementary School

Kindergarten orientation 6 - 7:30 p.m.

For public school open house updates visit www.leeschools.net

Unity Charter School of Cape Coral 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Unity Charter School of Fort Myers 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Lehigh Acres Middle School 6 - 8 p.m.

Ida S. Baker High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Fort Myers Middle Academy 6 - 8 p.m.

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Lehigh Senior High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Cape Coral High School 6 - 8 p.m.

Cypress Lake Middle School 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

North Fort Myers High School Cambridge AICE Info 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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The School District of Lee County 2017-18 Calendar

Student Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year

Jan. 23 - March 24 www.leeschools.net

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Lee County Student Assignment Offices The Student Assignment offices for the Lee County School District are open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Lehigh Acres Office EAST ZONE

1262 Wings Way Suite #207, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 Phone: (239) 337-8347 Fax: (239) 303-2589

Located on Beth Stacey Blvd off of Homestead Rd. in the Community Health Association Complex.

Cape Coral Office WEST ZONE

370 Santa Barbara Blvd. North, Cape Coral FL, 33993 Phone: (239) 242-2059 Fax: (239) 458-1079

Located in the Cape Coral Tech just north of the intersection of Pine Island Road and Santa Barbara Blvd.

Fort Myers Office SOUTH ZONE

2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33966 Phone: (239) 337-8247 Fax: (239) 335-1428 Located at corner of Colonial and Metro behind McDonalds.

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Lee public school application process runs Jan. 23 - March 24 The Student Assignment Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-2018 school year will begin Jan. 23 and will run through Friday, March 24. The Open Enrollment Period is for: •Any student entering kindergarten, 6th or 9th Grade •Students who are new to the district •Currently enrolled students who would like to change schools for next school year On Thursday, Jan. 19, pre-printed applications will be mailed to parents of Pre-K students attending Lee County Public Schools who are eligible for kindergarten for 2017-18, as well as current fifth- and eighth-grade students who currently attend a Lee County Public School. The pre-printed applications will not be provided to new students in the district or students currently attending a charter school. If families received a pre-printed application, they are strongly encouraged to apply online via the district’s website. A unique personal identification number (PIN) is issued for each student authorized to participate in this manner. Children enrolled in a VPK program at a private daycare will not receive a pre-printed application and the parent/guardian will need to come to a Student Assignment office. Children enrolled in VPK programs operated by city or county government will not receive a pre-printed application and the parent/guardian will need to come to a Student Assignment office. If your child is enrolled in a Lee County Public School (excluding Charter Schools) and you did not receive your paper application in the mail, the parent/guardian will need to

come into a Student Assignment Office with a picture ID and proof of address. They are unable to provide a pin number for you over the phone. What is student assignment?

In the School District of Lee County, an open-enrollment system exists to meet the unique needs of our community. This means parents and caregivers have a choice related to what school their child(ren) attend. Student Assignment allows you to choose from a variety of schools within the “zone” where you live. This is different than the traditional practice of students assigned to a school without parental input. The Student Assignment Office accepts school registration applications year-round. However, during each school year the district holds one early application period for the parents/guardians of students entering kindergarten, grade six and grade nine. This application period is also intended for students who are new to the district, or for students who have changed zones or sub-zones and are no longer qualified to attend the same school. Participation in this application period by students in other grade levels is optional.

Kindergarten registration

Parents of children who will be five on or before Sept. 1 should apply for kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents need to register their child even if they have an older child already in school – assignments are not automatic.

www.LeeSchools.net

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CHARTER SCHOOLS USA

Charter Schools USA is one of the oldest, largest and fastestgrowing education management companies in the United States. They successfully manage high performing private and municipal schools for preKindergarten through grade 12. They believe our greatest accomplishments are gaining a 95% plus satisfaction rate from parents and achieving a district “A” academic average for several years from the Department of Education. Charter Schools USA operates five schools in Lee County: three in Fort Myers, one in Bonita Springs and one in Cape Coral.

www.leecharterschools.org

Acceleration Middle School 3365 Seminole Ave., Fort Myers 400-1818 • grades 6 - 8

Bonita Springs Charter School 25380 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs 992-6932 • grades K - 8 www.BonitasSringsCharter.org Cape Coral Charter School 76 Mid Cape Terrace, Cape Coral 995-0904 • grades K - 8 www.CapeCoralCharter.org

Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary 2817 SW 3rd Lane, Cape Coral 283-4511 • grades K - 5 City of Palms Charter High School 2830 Winkler Ave., suite 201, Fort Myers 561-6611 • grades 9 - 12 Coronado High School 3057 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers 337-9140 • grades 9 - 12

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CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LEE COUNT Y

DJB Technical Academy 13830 Jetport Commerce Pkway, Suite 6, Fort Myers 476-9100 • grades 9 - 12

Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers 432-6767 • grades 9 - 12

Gateway Charter Elementary School 12850 Commonwealth Drive, Fort Myers 768-5048 •grades K - 4 www.GatewayCharterSchool.org Gateway Charter High School 12770 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers 768-3350 • grades 9 - 12 www.GatewayCharterHigh.org

Gateway Charter Intermediate School 12770 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers 768-3350 • grades 5 - 8 www.GatewayCharterSchool.org Goodwill LIFE Academy 5100 Tice St., suite D, Fort Myers 334-4434 • grades 6 - 12

Harlem Heights Community Charter School 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers 482-7706 • grades K - 3

The Island School P.O. Box 1090, 135 1st St. W., Boca Grande (941) 964-8016 • grades K - 5

Island Park High School 16520 S. Tamiami Trail, suite 190, Fort Myers 204-5965 • grades 9 - 12 North Nicholas High School 428 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral 242-4230 • grades 9 - 12

Northern Palms Charter High School 13251 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fiort Myers 997-9987 • grades 9 - 12 Oak Creek Charter School 28011 Performance Lane, Bonita Springs 498-6864 • grades K - 8

Oasis Charter Elementary School 3415 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 542-1577 • grades K - 5

Oasis Charter High School 3519 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 541-1167 • grades 9 - 12

Oasis Charter Middle School 3507 Oasis Blvd., Cape Coral 945-1999 • grades 6 - 8

Palm Acres Charter High School 507 Sunshine Blvd. N., Lehigh Acres 333-3300 • grades 9 - 12 Pivot Charter School 2675 Winkler Ave. Ext, ste 200, Ft. Myers 243-8266 • grades 6 - 12

UNITY CHARTER SCHOOLS The Unity Charter Schools in Cape Coral and Fort Myers offer small class sizes, a family environment, rigorous curriculum, free tutoring, daily fitness, enrichment programs, dress code and effective school discipline. Unity Charter Schools are tuition free public charter schools working to meet the individual needs of all students. Now Enrolling grades K-8th. New for the 2016-17 school year: new interior & exterior paint, new VCT flooring, new playground, new digital online library and effective ongoing student monitoring and resource tools. Our schools had some of the highest achievement gains in Lee district. Formerly known as Preparatory and Fitness Academies. www.stepeducation.org Fort Myers - 4740 Cleveland Ave. 333-0766 • grades K - 8 • www.unitycsfm.org Cape Coral - 2107 Santa Barbara Blvd. 829-5134 • grades K - 8 • www.unitycscc.org Six Mile Charter Academy 6851 Lancer Ave., Fort Myers 768-9375 • grades K - 8 • www.SixMileCharter.org

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PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN LEE COUNTY

A Little Piece of Me Montessori Academy 229 Del Prado Blvd. N, 3, Cape Coral 573-7999 • grades PK - 8 Addison Academy 1306 SW 18th St., Cape Coral 671-7427 • K - grade 5

Apostolic Revival Center Christian School 2100 Barden St., Fort Myers 332-8233 • PK - grade 7

Calvary Christian School 11431 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 693-1257 • grades PK - 12 Canterbury School 8141 College Parkway, Fort Myers 481-4313 • PK - grade 12 Cape Academy 231 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral 573-8668 • grades 3 - 12

Cape Coral Christian School 811 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 574-3707 • PK - grade 12

Classical Christian Academy 7101 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers 543-1532 • grades K - 12

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Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Skills for College - Values for Life. With more than five decades of educational excellence, Bishop Verot Catholic High School continues to enrich the lives of Southwest Florida’s young people. Our mission is based in our Catholic identity and educational vision to develop the whole person—mind and heart, body and soul—in a way that extends beyond the school day and even beyond the four years of high school. Our students thrive as they are challenged in a safe community where they can learn, grow and discover the gifts that will allow them to change the world.

5598 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers 274-6773 • grades 9 - 12 www.bvhs.org

Crestwell School

Crestwell is a unique private school founded by parent educators. Crestwell believes each student has to be recognized as an important individual whose self-esteem, attitude and academic curiosity must be handled with a positive approach. All of Crestwell’s degreed teachers reinforce academic basics while challenging the academically gifted. Crestwell School – Connecting Students to Success!

1901 Park Meadows Drive, Fort Myers 481-4478 • PK - grade 8 www.crestwellschool.org

De LaSalle Academy

The only school of its kind in Southwest Florida serving students with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety disorders and social difficulties. Our researched based, state of the art, individualized and therapy program includes speech and language, occupational, social thinking and counseling, ESE certified teachers and licensed therapists, life skills program, computer for every student, full athletic program and before and after school programs. Financial aid is available..

6401 Techster Blvd., Fort Myers 245-8212 • grades 1 - 12 • www.delasallefm.org

Evangelical Christian School

Celebrating more than 40 years of Christian Education. ECS is a private non-denominational college prep school. We have over 40 sports teams that have won 13 District and State trophies in 2012. Our school musical as well as the band, orchestra, choir and drama department are a winning combination. Flight Aviation, robotics, and video production are a few great programs we offer. We offer an on-campus curriculum and an online academy curriculum. "ECS traditional classroom or online. We want what is best for your child." Join us for an open house every Tuesday from 9 - 11 a.m. or call to take a private tour. Reach Higher.

8237 Beacon Blvd. S.E., Fort Myers 936-3319 • PK - grade 12 • www.goecs.org

Providence Christian School

Providence Christian School, located on the corner of Skyline Boulevard and Mohawk Parkway in Cape Coral, has been educating students for 30 years. PCS is dedicated to nurturing students' unique talents as creative, rational image-bearers of God, with the hope that graduates will continue growing in their love for Christ, passionately pursuing truth, and serving others. PCS is a VPK Provider and accepts Step Up for Students.

701 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral 549-8024 • PK - grade 8 • www.pcslions.org

Crosspointe Academy 6798 Plantation Pines Blvd., Fort Myers 225-1502 • grades K - 12

Crown of Life Christian Academy 5820 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers 482-7315 • grades PK - 2 Easter Seals Lily Academy 2438 Second St., Fort Myers 337-9328 • grades K - 12

Ebenezer Christian Academy 3637 Martin Luther King Blvd., Fort Myers 305-573-2867 • grades PK - 12 First Base Christian Academy

2601 Fowler St., Fort Myers 337-2273 • grades PK - 12

Fort Myers Christian School 1550 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 939-4642 • PK - grade 8

Good Shepherd Lutheran School 4770 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers 995-7711 • PK - grade 9 Grace Community School 8971 Brighton Lane, Bonita Springs 948-7878 • PK - grade 12

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Grace Community School of Medical Lane 1688 Medical Lane, Fort Myers 334-3325 • PK - grade 12

Gunnery Road Christian Academy 1880 Gunnery Road N., Lehigh Acres 694-3900 • grades K - 12 Hibernian Private School 1950 Clayton Court, Fort Myers 274-9600 • grades 8 - 12

Kid Life Academy Elementary 1200 SW 20th Ave., Cape Coral 283-0856 • grades K - 8 Knox Academy 4481 Pine Road, Fort Myers 362-0903 • grades 5 - 12

Living Word Christian School 2900 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 997-7702 • grades K - 12

Maimonides Hebrew Day School 5620 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers 910-0293 • grades PK - 7 Millenium Christian Academy 13235 Pam Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 694-8484 • grades PK - 5 New Life Academy 3348 Edgewood Ave., Fort Myers 245-7578 • grades PK - 12

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Renaissance Montessori School

Renaissance Montessori School is an accredited private school that honors each individual as they learn and grow. Strong Montessori academics are balanced with lessons in grace and courtesy, respect, and a peace curriculum which includes lessons in cultural awareness and conflict resolution. Children are guided in developing essential social and emotional life skills. We are currently offering open enrollment so please call to attend one of our school tours. Financial assistance is available. Open house every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Scholarship programs available.

37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers 275-2022 • 12 months - grade 8 • www.montessorichild.org

Saint Michael School

Saint Michael School, PK3-8th grade, educates students for life…here and for eternity! The accredited ‘Blue Ribbon’ school’s achievement ranks among the nation’s top schools. State-of-the-art curriculum & teaching blend with tested & proven approach to education. 1 to 1 computing, Accelerated Reading, math, fine arts, individual enrichment and athletic competition. Each child develops in a safe, nurturing environment of academic excellence, spiritual depth & moral integrity. Call for an admissions appointment.

3595 Broadway, Fort Myers 939-1218 • PK - grade 8 • www.smlcs.org

Summit Christian School

Summit Christian School provides a rigorous academic program in a loving and Christ-centered environment. We are a unique, caring community with an outstanding curriculum and an excellent, professional teaching staff. Summit Christian School has many scholarships available making Christian education affordable for all families. Please call today for a personal tour.

9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers 482-7007 • grades VPK - 8 • www.summitchristianschool.org

New Testament Baptist School 2805 N.E. Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral 997-1020 • grades K - 12

Nicaea Academy of Cape Coral 3221 Chiquita Blvd. S, Cape Coral 540-9400 • grades PK - 8 Peace By Piece Inc 6714 Winkler Road, Fort Myers 245-8301 • grades PK - 12

Southwest Florida Christian Academy 3750 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers 936-1754 • grades K - 12 Temple Christian School 18841 State Road 31, North Fort Myers 543-3222 • grades PK - 12

Rock Christian Academy 1927 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers 931-3134 • grades K - 12

Thomas Jefferson Academy of Excellence 12461 Eagle Pointe Circle, Fort Myers 561-6327 • grades 1 - 12

Saint Andrew Catholic 1509 S.E. 27th St., Cape Coral 547-4545 • grades PK - 8

Wilostar3d Academy 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Bonita Springss 877-711-8117 • grades 6 - 12

Sacred Heart Of Jesus Private School 109 SW 13th Terrace, Cape Coral 574-7096 • grades 1 - 12

Saint Francis Xavier 2055 Heitman St., Fort Myers 334-7707 • grades PK - 8

Sonshine Christian Academy 12925 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers 694-8882 • grades PK - 12 Southern Edge Academy 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero 339-3390 • grades 1 - 12

Thorn Crown Christian Private School 7118 N. Brentwood Road, Fort Myers 415-1670 • grades K - 12

Young Explorers Early Learning Center 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral 542-6444 • grades PK - 2

Private school listing & contact information courtesy of www.floridaschoolchoice.org

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WINTER CLASSES

ART CLASSES AT ALLIANCE

Join the Alliance for the Arts for a range of family-friendly events throughout the year. Engage your child in youth art classes, from painting to music lessons. Register for our popular Spring and Summer Arts Camp to hone your childʼs creative abilities in theatre, music, dance and visual arts. Connect with neighbors at our outdoor Family Movie Nights series. Whatever event you choose, get involved at www.ArtInLee.org.The Alliance for the Arts offers a variety of classes for all ages and levels including drawing, painting, music, photography, mosaic, collage, and homeschool art. New classes beginning soon at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers: Youth art works (ages 9+), techniques in art-homeschool (ages 8-14), drawing I & II (ages 10-17), art for young people (grades 1-3) and many more. 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers 239-939-2787 • www.artinlee.org

FLORIDA REPERTORY THEATRE

Florida Rep offers a wide variety of performing arts classes for the community. These classes are designed for students just being introduced in the arts, serious young artists, professionals who want to keep up with their craft and even adults who are looking for something fun and different to do! The next session of winter classes will be held Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 and include Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 4-7), Sing Out Loud (ages (4-7), Twisted Fairy Tales (ages 8-12) and Showstoppers (ages 812). Another set of classes will be held Feb. 20 - March 27. Florida Repertory Theatre Downtown Fort Myers • 239-332-4665 x 2020 www.floridarepeducation.org

FAMILY MUSIC TIME

Our Music Together classes build on your child's natural enthusiasm for music and movement. We'll help you provide your child with the basic musical skills needed to enjoy school and social musical activities, and to study an instrument should he or she choose to do so. Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate music and movement program for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten children with their parents, teachers, and other primary caregivers. 239-671-5693 www.familymusictime.com

CULTURAL PARK THEATER

Our comprehensive teaching program is designed for students of all experience levels and focuses on individualizing each session to the specific participants. Here in Cape Coral, we offer some of the best and most personalized theater classes around. We teach skills that are necessary for children to be successful onstage, as well as in everyday life. Broadway Babies (ages 3 to 7) is an introduction to musical theater through music, movement and creative play. This class is for any young child with a creative imagination. This class culminates in a production at the end of the class. Starts Jan. 14. Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. Musical Theater Class (ages 8 to 16) is Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, starts Jan. 11. A performance based class, young performers will explore Musical Theatre through theatre games, movement, and singing from songs by classic Broadway and other composers. This course will culminate in a performance on the last day of class. 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral 239-772-5862 • www.culturalparktheater.com

RIDING LESSONS

Saddlewood Horse Club offers year round riding lessons for kids as young as 3 years to adults in the lighted and covered riding arena. Group lessons or private lessons are available. CHA certified riding instructor shows her passion for her students and horses in her unique lesson style. Lessons are one hour long on well trained schooling horses and ponies. Saddlewood Horse Club encourages horse interaction and develops not just riders but the love of horses. All ages and levels. 16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral 239-738-9300 • www.capehorses.com

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New ArtPlay for artists with ASD starts at Alliance

The Alliance for the Arts, in partnership with Family Initiative Inc., will formally launch weekly art classes for young artists with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in January. The program, ArtPlay, is designed to engage children with ASD in the arts while focusing on identity development, self-awareness, self-esteem, social communication and building positive coping skills. The project has garnered support from Suncoast Credit Union, Cape Coral Community Foundation, and the Sylvia Meisenberg Trust. ArtPlay classes, designed for young artists under 18, are taught by a certified art therapist and supported by an Accredited Behavioral Analyst. “We are proud to work with Family Initiative to expand art opportunities to young artists with autism,” says Alliance for the Arts executive director Lydia Black. ArtPlay classes are Thursdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. Session one is Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 1, 9. Session 2 is Feb. 16, 23 and March 2. Session 3 is March 16, 23, and 30. The program takes place at the Alliance for the Arts located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. 33919 Fort Myers, FL. The cost is $10 per class, which includes art supplies. Preregistration is required. Students must respond to verbal direction, independently toilet, and not require one-on-one supervision. For more information on this event, call 239-939-2787 or visit ArtInLee.org/ArtPlay.

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NEWS FROM OUR MAGAZINE PARTNERS

Southwest Psychological Services helps families reach for the stars

The goal of Southwest Psychological Services is to provide quality individual and affordable professional services to the children and adolescents of Southwest Florida. Their mission is to assist children become successful in their educational settings through assessment, counseling, academic assistance, and intervention. Located conveniently in Cape Coral, their practice provides

prompt, thorough, and comprehensive assistance to families and their school-age children. With over 25 years of educational experience, they offer the help you need to “reach for the stars” and achieve academic and personal/emotional success. Call 239-834-9333, or visit online at www.southwestpsychservices.com to schedule an appointment. They are located at 4706 Chiquita Blvd., in Cape Coral.

PPC earns national honor

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida has received NCQA Level #3 PatientCentered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidencebased, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long term, participative relationships.

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The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. PPC offices are located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit www.ppcswfl.com.

Curtain Call Studios students excel

Enrollment is open for new students in January at Curtain Call Studios. CCS is the only performing arts studio in Fort Myers. They are proud to offer group classes & private lessons in musical theatre, Broadway styles of dance, stage acting, voice and piano. Come try a free group class to find the perfect class for you. Registration is required. Do you dream of Broadway? Curtain Call Studios is here to prepare and train you to get there. What makes CCS unique? They specialize in musical theatre training, we offer workshops by current Broadway performers, and we provide opportunities to perform locally-CCS students have performed at ArtFest Fort Myers, Fall for the Arts Festival, Fort Myers Miracle Baseball games, and at our end-of-year recital. CCS students have been named winners in the categories of acting, dance, and voice in the annual Young Artist Awards Competition. Their students have been cast in shows in professional theatre companies in Southwest Florida, including Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Some students have gone on to pursue musical theatre in colleges and universities across the country. CCS students also play leading roles in school and community theatre productions. Their students have received Superior Ratings in both junior and

high school district thespian competitions. CCS offers many different discounts including: sibling/family discount, multi-class discount, first responder/military discount, and our new refer-afriend discount. Check their website for details www.curtaincallstudios.com. Contact them at curtaincallstudios@aol.com or 239-208-9138.

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Gidgets, Gadgets and Gizmos!!

Googly Eyes Game the hilarious family game that challenges your vision and leaves you googling for more! Put on the zany, vision-altering google eye glasses and start to draw while your team tries to guess what you're drawing. Is that an igloo or a turtle? A birthday cake or a fortress? Players take turns drawing and guessing, so everyone gets a chance to wear the glasses. The glasses come with three sets of lenses that range from mild changes to mind-blowing fun, so no one can see (or draw) straight--your vision will bounce off of the lenses. Googly Eyes is a fun twist on classic drawing games that lets players of different ages and skill levels compete on equal terms, since the goggles make it fun and challenging for everyone. www.amazon.com $22.89

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

Fascinations Jellyfish Lamp Enjoy owning your own beautiful jellyfish aquarium without the hassles of the periodic cleaning and maintenance. Colorful LED lights and realistic floating jellyfish provide visual input that stimulates the development of sensory processing skills. This comforting light provides a soothing distraction when children are upset or simply want to relax. Turn the Jellyfish Lamp on in the dark for full effect. Watch jellyfish models swim quietly, creating a beautiful ambience. Featuring 2 multicolored artificial jellyfish that will glide effortlessly throughout the 13.75" tall container. Ages 14 +

fine toys

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

Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show Imaginative story telling! My First Crayola provides children their first art supplies made especially for their little hands so they can create! Create and wipe away again and again. Bring custom fashion designs to life on a virtual runway! Girls can share and show their fashion designs in a virtual fashion show. App designed for iOS & Android devices. www.skodot.com $19.99

Makedo Space Pod Blast Off! Ready to Build Space Pod Launch? Inspiring the next generation of creative innovators with our tools for cardboard construction, we're all boosters firing to launch our out-of-this-world Ready To Build mission... THE SPACE POD! Build your own Space Pod and get inside to fight an intergalactic star war, search for life on other planets and navigate your way around your unbounded imagination to worlds unknown.The Space Pod is an all-inclusive project kit with everything you need in the box! Suitable for girls and boys aged 6+. Includes: Simple, step by step instructions, printed and pre-cut cardboard and reusable Makedo cardboard construction tools. www.ebay.com $59.95

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Kitchen Science

Soundwagon Record Runner It's not the record that spins. The world's smallest self running record player doesn't need turntables but churns out music by driving round the record with a needle that is underneath the car. If you have this, you can enjoy music whenever and wherever you are. 33RPM Only. Built in motor, amplifier and speaker. Requires 9V battery. www.reverb.com $175.00

Goliath Games Who Tooted? "The, Um, Fart" Board Game For The Whole Family! Ewww, Who Tooted!?! Get ready to play the most fun game ever with tons of giggles and silliness with The Goliath Games Who Tooted? Board Game. Players will take turns pushing the button and the others have to guess who tooted. Can you keep a straight face?! In this rip-roaring game of gassy good times, everybody gets a whoopee cushion shaped controller to control the character's flatulence. When the controllers light up, only one person will toot and the other players have to guess who did it! Can you keep a straight face, or will your friends know that YOU are the one Who Tooted!?! www.farmandfleet.com $18.89

This educational science kit contains 6 specially designed kitchen science experiments using common household materials (not included). Generate electricity by using a fork and lemon to light a bulb, launch a rocket fueled with baking soda and vinegar, build a table top volcano which erupts a bubbly "lava" and so much more! Science Kit includes: vinegar rocket and launcher pad, spoon, volcano, skewers, kitchen spy finger print development pad, finger print record sheets, brush and message sheets, zinc plates, wire, watch movement, and detailed instructions with scientific explanations and fun facts. www.barnesandnoble.com $9.06

Be Amazing Toys Big Bag of Science Be Amazing Toys Big bag of science activity kit is a perfect resource to motivate and inspire your children. Book introduces the science in the best way to your children.. - Subject: Science. - Giant kit is designed to whet the appetites of budding young scientists of all ages. With more than 70 unique, fun, hands-on science activities, this kit guarantees hours and hours of science fun. Kit covers the three areas of science (physical, earth and life) as well as activities in chemistry, physics, magnetism, weather, biology, geology and flight. www.fatbraintoys.com $44.95

Your Slyce 14-Inch Customizable Pizza Making Tool Hawaiian-style, extra anchovies or traditional pepperoni and cheese? You got it! Introducing the first-ever pizza making accessory that enables you to create your slice, your way! Dinner time is officially party time! To use, simply place the tool over the pizza, decorate however you like, bake in the oven and remove when cooling. www.bedbathandbeyond.com $14.99

VTech Record & Learn KidiStudio Now your child can perform and record like a rock star with the Record & Learn KidiStudio™ by VTech®. Be creative and explore a variety of musical instruments. Adjust the tempo and sing along to the music while recording a musical masterpiece to share with family and friends. Learn to play favorite melodies by following the lights on the light-up keyboard. You can also choose an instrument and use the keyboard to play that instrument’s different sounds. Be creative and add variety to the music by pressing the cymbal or tapping along on the drum to add a beat to the song. Or play with the scratch disc sound effect like a DJ. Speed up or slow down the tempo to match your style. This KidiStudio also lets you sing along to 20 melodies in Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz and Techno styles with a real voice-changing microphone www.kmart.com $27.99

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6 medium russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed

Canola, vegetable, or peanut oil, for brushing and deep frying 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided 2 teaspoons kosher salt www.theslowroasteditalian.com Baby Cake Pizza Poppers

1 teaspoon ground black pepper 8 ounces cheese curds 1 1/2 cups water

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

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1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place potatoes on top. Brush potatoes all over with oil and bake 40 minutes. Let potatoes stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and, using a spoon, scoop out the potato flesh and transfer to a bowl 2. Mix potatoes with 1/4 cup flour along with the salt pepper. Working one at a time, shape potato mixture into 1 1/2-inch cylinders, then flatten into your palm, and place 1 or 2 cheese curds, depending on their size, in the center. Using your fingers, fold the potato around the cheese to re-form the cylinder, making sure the cheese isn't poking through in any spots. Set on a baking sheet and repeat with remaining potato and curds. Set aside.

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3. Combine the water and beef bouillon in a microwave-safe container and microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes; stir to blend. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and mix in remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Cook until lightly browned, then whisk in beef broth. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and reduce to a simmer. Stir in garlic and onion powders and cook, stirring, until gravy thickens, about 3 minutes. Keep warm until ready to serve. 4. In a deep fryer, Dutch oven, or wok, heat at least 2 inches of oil to 375°F. Working in batches of 4 or 5, add poppers to oil and fry until golden brown, flipping for even browning all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer fried poppers to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve right away with warm gravy.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

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Growing Room

Cape Coral Creative Cubs

Providence Christian School

Taekwondo United Tiny Tots

VPK & Preschool sign-ups

ACADEMY AT KINGS WAY

“Excellence in Education and in Life!” This is not only the motto of the Academy at King’s Way, but the guiding principle to assure that your preschooler receives a quality education in a safe, fun, and inspiring atmosphere. Enroll today, and your child can be among our many students who receive top readiness testing scores; achievers who have fun while they learn and grow! Find out more at www.CapeCoralDaycare.org or call! 2016 Kismet Parkway East, Cape Coral • 239-458-9716

BOBBIE NOONAN

All programs are developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory, multi-dimensional, sequential, and provide for socialization. The preschool program comprises four interest areas located in three or four rooms: Language Arts, Math & Science, Arts & Writing, Motor Skills. Two, three, or five day morning or afternoon sessions. VPK Provider. 8560 Crystal Court, Fort Myers, 239-939-2255 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Cape Coral, 239-945-3366 28052 Mango Drive, Bonita Springs, 239-992-3133 3528 S.W. 3rd. Ave., Cape Coral, 239-945-7001

BUGABOOS

Bugaboos Kids Club & Learning Center is a Clean, Bright center serving families with children from infants until they complete elementary school. Bugaboos is certified by the Early Learning Coalition to provide School Readiness & FREE state funded VPK. Drop in children are welcome if space allows. Bugaboos curriculum is ready to teach your child all they need to know during these important years before starting Kindergarten. Our afterschool program offers transportation from Heights Elementary, and Rayma C. Page Elementary. 15250 S. Tamiami Trail #116, Fort Myers • 239-245-8920

BROWN ACADEMY

Specializing in Early Childhood Development, prioritizing our relationships with each family in meeting the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each child in our care. Offering a wide range of programs and schedules. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 12211 Towne Lake Dr., Fort Myers, 239-332-1900

CAPE CORAL CREATIVE CUBS

The City of Cape Coral’s Creative Cubs VPK program would be delighted to care for your child and help them reach their full potential. Our staff is highly trained and the program is licensed by the Department of Children and Families. The program promotes the development of math, science, literacy and reading skills through and age appropriate curriculum and is held at the William Austen Youth Center (located behind Sun Splash). No registration fees! VPK is Free Monday- Friday 8 a.m.- noon. Limited space is available. Call to reserve your child’s spot today! jcostell@capecoral.net Cape Coral • 239-242-3965

CREATIVE WORLD SCHOOL

Creative World School Three Oaks is an Early Education School where children come to laugh and learn every day! We believe that children learn best in an inspiring environment. Our custom-built Exploratorium™ is a World of Wonder where children have hands-on experiences that help them understand the world around them. We dive into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – or STEAM learning – and engage in a different theme for our Inquiry Explorations each month. Come for loving infant care, engaging toddler programs, challenging preschool learning, and kindergarten readiness. We also offer CW Kid’s Club before and after school care for your School Age student. Call us to set up a tour today! 19671 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers • 239-415-7845

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL

Evangelical Christian Preschool and daycare starts at 6 weeks old through K3. Christian teachers care for your child in a warm loving environment. A hot lunch and 2 snacks are included in your weekly fee. Call for a personal tour. Visit www.goecs.org for more information. "My child is so smart, ECS is not just a daycare!" 8237 Beacon Blvd. SE, Fort Myers • 239-936-1933

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FOUNDATIONS EARLY LEARNING CENTER

Foundations Early Learning Center at Cape Coral 1st UMC. Preschool & full-time childcare for all children 1 yr. - age 5. APPLE accredited/Gold Seal school. FREE VPK for 4 year olds. Small ratios in bigger rooms. Lunch & snacks provided. Weekly UPLAY gym classes for children 2 and up. Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Register now for 2017/2018 school year. 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral 239-542-4051 ext. 2

GROWING ROOM

Alphabets, shapes, colors, numbers, character education, social skills, field trips, plus camera’s in every classroom – Growing Room does VPK better. Growing Room’s graduating VPK class has performed among the highest in the county with most students reading 100 words or more in their first semester of kindergarten. Come for the 3-hour program every day or stay all day as part of our wrap-around program. VPK hours are Monday –Friday from 9 am - noon. 25151 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs • 239-495-0045 8950 Gladiolus Road, Fort Myers • 239-466-6646

KIDS WORLD PRESCHOOL

Enroll today for the 2017 VPK Program! Kid’s World Preschool is a leading provider of quality childcare for children 18 months through VPK. Our school is nationally accredited through NAC and Florida Gold Seal approved. If your child will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, your child is eligible for 100% FREE VPK Program. Enroll your child early to guarantee their VPK spot at our school… our classes fill up fast. We offer various VPK schedules to accommodate most family needs. Visit www.kidsworldpreschool.com for more information about our programs. Open from 6:30 am-6 pm. All meals are included in tuition. Conveniently located across the street from Diplomat Elementary & Middle School. 1126 NE 16th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-573-7233

KINGS KIDZ ACADEMY

We have been blessed to serve our community for more than 20 years! Our VPK program has been successful with high achievement scores every year; giving your child a jump start on the expectations of Kindergarten. If your child is 4 by Sept. 1 he/she is eligible for this free – fun – learning – growing environment. We will have a morning & afternoon session to choose from and also provide along with the program, nutritious meals to help your child focus on the daily tasks. Come tour the grandest. 330 W. Mariana Ave., North Fort Myers 239-656-1551

MILESTONES LEARNING CENTER

Named Best Childcare Center in Lee County 2016 (by Gulf Shore Magazine), Milestones Learning Center in Estero has it all! Our center is clean, secure and exciting to be at each day. Our program offers breakfast, lunch and snack to all students including formula for infants. The staff are all friendly, trained, experienced professionals, many with degrees in education. Come visit our spacious classrooms and experience how our small class sizes of only 10-12 students in each room, makes a difference!! Our curriculum offers fun monthly themes, which promote learning in ways that are hands on learning. We also have family events throughout the year. This is a must-see center! 19850 Breckenridge Drive., Estero 239-301-2962

PRESCHOOL AT THE LAMB

Preschool @ The Lamb is an Early Education School where your young child can dive into learning as they investigate and explore the world around them! We love young children and incorporate meaningful Christian teaching into our learning moments. Weekly chapel time, Bible stories, field studies, inquiry-based curriculum, and schoolreadiness programs are just some of the ways that we partner with you to nurture and instruct your young child. Call today to schedule a tour and see how your family can become a part of ours! 19691 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers 239-267-2694

PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Providence Christian School, located on the corner of Skyline Boulevard and Mohawk Parkway in Cape Coral, has been educating students for 30 years. PCS is dedicated to nurturing students' unique talents as creative, rational image-bearers of God, with the hope that graduates will continue growing in their love for Christ, passionately pursuing truth, and serving others. PCS is a VPK Provider and accepts Step Up for Students. www.pcslions.org 701 Mohawk Pkwy, Cape Coral 239-549-8024

RENAISSANCE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Renaissance Montessori School is an accredited private school that honors each individual as they learn and grow. Strong Montessori academics are balanced with lessons in grace and courtesy, respect, and a peace curriculum which includes lessons in cultural awareness and conflict resolution. Children are guided in developing essential social and emotional life skills. We are currently offering open enrollment so please call to attend one of our school tours. Financial assistance available. Open house every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Scholarship programs available. 37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers • 239-275-2022

ST. MICHAEL’S EARLY LEARNING CENTER

Educating for life here and for eternity! Our school is accredited by both National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) and AdvancEd. We are a National Blue Ribbon School. Our Little Saints Early Learning Center (6 weeks - 3 years) is a place for learning new language and socialization skills through play and child-centered activities. Our PreK 3 and PreK 4 classrooms are fun-filled learning environments where friendships grow right along with the children as they prepare for Kindergarten. Children are encouraged to ask questions and work together to solve problems. www.smlcs.org • 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers • 239-939-1218

SMALLVILLE PRESCHOOL

Smallville is currently registering for the Summer & Fall VPK session. We invite you to stop by our center for a tour or call to have your questions answered .Feel free to check out website , www.Smallvillepreschool.net for more information, or become a fan of our Facebook page. 420 Del Prado Blvd. N., Cape Coral • 239-772-8222

SUMMIT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Summit Christian School provides a rigorous academic program in a loving and Christcentered environment. We are a unique, caring community with an outstanding curriculum and an excellent, professional teaching staff. Summit Christian School has many scholarships available making Christian education affordable for all families. Please call today for a personal tour. 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers • 239-482-7007

TAEKWONDO UNITED EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY

TKDU Early Learning Academy’s mission is to break the mold of conventional childcare and offer a program that empowers students intellectually, physically and emotionally. We celebrate a holistic approach to build a strong individual character that promotes self-acceptance. We are committed to creating an environment that focuses on the wellbeing and safety of our children. We work side-by-side with parents, guardians and schools to establish a forward thinking support system that will celebrate a student's individual unique character and abilities. We offer a program for Pre-Kindergarten following the Creative Curriculum as well as an afterschool program. 16964 Alico Mission Way, Fort Myers • 239-822-6544

ZION EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Preregistration for 2017-18 school year begins Feb. 10. Space is limited so contact our office to reserve a spot for your child for the upcoming school year or to get your name put on our waiting list! VPK Provider & School Readiness Provider. Reserve your spot for VPK. 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers 239-481-4040 ext 208

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LEGO Skyline London and Chicago Event Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers Thursday, January 5 • 7 p.m.

Join us to help build our exciting, new LEGO Skyline collection in-store display for London and Chicago. Then after, enjoy being creative and collaborative with other customers by building with LEGO Architecture Studio white bricks. 239-437-0654

Bubble Mania

Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers Thursday, January 5 • 10 a.m.

Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kid tunes. For all ages. 239-479-4636

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2017

Kiwanis Medieval Faire

Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr., Fort Myers Jan. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Continuous entertainment! Jousting by New Riders of the Golden Age, A multitude of merchants & artisans, jugglers, magicians, minstrels, live combat chess match, live sword fighting, medieval arts and crafts, Royal court and procession, children's games and rides, medieval clothing and weapons, period food & beverages & MEADE! www.medieval-faire.com

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26th Annual Cape Coral St. Andrew Festival

St. Andrew Catholic Parish/School, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral January 12 – 15

From Thursday to Sunday, the school’s campus will be filled with all of the rides, attractions, games, and activities that make up a fantastic weekend of carnival fun. The event will feature over 20 Midway style carnival rides ranging from the adventurous Himalaya, Freak Out, and Orbitor, to the always favorite giant Ferris wheel. 239-772-3922

Drone Day Demonstration at the Beach Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18

Soaring Sky of Fort Myers will talk about how drones are being used to make a difference in our communities and provide a flight demonstration on the beach near the library. Meet at the Captiva Library and we will go to the beach as a group. 239-479-4636

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Beauty and the Beast Jr. Lehigh Senior High School 901 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh Acres Friday, January 20 • 6:30 p.m.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. 239-693-5353

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An Afternoon at the Movies Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Saturday, January 21 • 1 p.m.

A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when his owner takes in a stray mutt whom the dog instantly dislikes. Their feud eventually causes both of them to get lost in New York City and they must work together to find their way home. Rated PG. Subject to change without notice. Seating is limited, first come, first served. 239-479-4636

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Garden Bros Circus

Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero January 27, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. & January 28, 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Garden Bros Circus celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America. Last chance to see Elephants live! ‘Motorcycle Madness’ has motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom; Chinese Acrobats, the Human Slingshot, Racing Camels, crazy comedy with Circus Clowns, daring aerialists; cirque artists. It’s 1½ hours of excitement and fun! First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com

ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival

2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday, January 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This is a family event that offers kids games, contests, rides, arts & crafts, 2 full days of live music, fishing seminars. Fresh Local Seafood. . . right-off-the-boats of our fishermen. Locally harvested clams and shellfish, and other seafood dishes being offered also others great foods are being offered for those who can’t or don’t eat seafood. www.ClamJamSWFL.com

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Movies Under The Stars - Minions

Coconut Point, 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero Saturday, January 28 • 7 - 8 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. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their viewing enjoyment. Pets are welcome! 239-992-9966

SW Florida Twins Youth Clinics Various locations in January & February

The clinics offer 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. All elementary and middle school aged boys and girls are welcome. who are accompanied by an adult. This annual event is subject to change. Please visit the website for updates. http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com

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Sunday -1 Holiday Nights

Family Storytime Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 5:30 - 9 p.m.

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

Final night of Holiday Nights. Lee County discount night: $5 off ticket. 239-334-7419

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.

Tuesday -3 Chess Anyone?

Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636

Game Week (tween) Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 3 – 4 p.m. • Jan. 3 – 7

Enjoy your winter break by playing PS4 with us. 239-479-4636

Writers' Workshop (tween) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 6 p.m.

Wednesday -4 Create Your Own Comic (tween) Like us on Facebook for updates & cancellations!

Learn How to Ice Skate Open House

Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero Saturday, January 7 • 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Join us for our annual Learn how to Ice Skate open house. We will be celebrating National Skating month with a $1 public skate on Saturday, January 7. Our professional staff will also be on hand to give out free 20 minute group lessons to all beginner level skaters. Raffles and prizes will be awarded at the event. So grab your coats and plan for a great time! For information call 239-948-7825 ext 1306 www.skateeverblades.com

Join local writers as they meet each month to practice, share, and discuss various literary art forms. Meetings may vary to include classes, speakers and readings. All are welcome. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Drop-In Teen Activities: Craftapalooza! Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers Jan. 3 - 31

Drop in all month long during library hours for fun activities and crafts. 239-479-4636

Minecraft Crafts Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Make fun crafts based on the very popular Minecraft game. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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

Create your own action-packed adventure by drawing comic panels to tell an original story. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

National Trivia Day Celebration Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Celebrate National Trivia Day with a game that tests your book knowledge. Win prizes, too. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK Playland

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

Mad Scientist East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Fun science activities for kids that are sure to make them mad for science. 239-479-4636

After School Crew: Math Mania! Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25

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

Gearheadz! South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 2 p.m.

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers January 3 – 8

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway musical has a contemporary take on this classic tale. The production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! 239-481-4849

Calling all Gearheadz: Put together some gears and watch them spin, build with gear-shaped objects, or create Gearheadz art with Super Spirograph. For ages 6 and up. 239-479-4636

Thursday - 5

Sidewalk Chalk Art East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m.

Use the library's concrete walkway to create your art. Giant chalk provided. 239-479-4636

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Anything Goes! Let’s do ART! (tween) Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Come and learn a lesson from Ms. Kathleen. Wear play clothes and get ready to paint. All supplies are provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Coding Club Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 4 p.m.

Come discover all things computer coding with fun activities and technology. All materials will be supplied. For grades 3 - 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

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

Location: North Cornog Plaza. Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kid tunes. For all ages. 239-479-4636

LEGO Skyline London and Chicago Event Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 7 p.m.

Join us to help build our exciting, new LEGO Skyline collection in-store display for London and Chicago. Then after, enjoy being creative and collaborative with other customers by building with LEGO Architecture Studio white bricks. 239-437-0654

Friday - 6

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: "Double Down" Games Cape Coral Lee County Public Library 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 2 p.m.

Come to the library and play games, earn Mom Bucks, win prizes and practice drawing characters. All materials supplied. Program content will be based on the book “Double Down” so attendees must have read the book in order to participate. For kids/tweens age 10-12. Register online or pick up tickets at the library. Space limited. 239-479-4636

3D Pens are Ingenious Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 3 p.m.

Be creative and have fun with 3D pens. Anyone who can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air can use a 3D pen. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Saturday - 7

Super Fun Saturday Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:30 a.m.

Come play with us at the library. Activities change monthly and vary from dancing, storytelling, art projects and more. Fun for the whole family. 239-479-4636

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Laser Zone Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral 7 - 10 p.m.

Enjoy our new "Laser Zone" featuring a tag arena with bunker and multiple fortress walls. There will be a live D.J., light show, and pizza. Only $10. Ages 9-13. 239-242-3950

Kids Club: Kindness Box designed by Sprout Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

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

Science Saturday Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., 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

Clifford's Good Deeds and Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

For this fun, classic Storytime, young readers are invited into the happy world of Clifford the Big Red Dog and his friends. We will read favorites Clifford's Good Deeds and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Activities and coloring to follow. 239-437-0654

Free Kids Fishing Bass Pro Shops 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Our giant lake out back has some of the most beautiful fish just waiting to be caught! From the hours of 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. it's up to the kids to catch them (and then release them of course!) We provide the Rod and Reel, and the Bait....all you need to provide is the kid who wants to have a fun time fishing!! Hope to see you on the First Saturday of each month! 239-461-7800

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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Saturday, Jan. 7 - continued Home Depot Kids Workshop: Crate Toolbox Home Depot, Various locations 9 a.m. - noon

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can get to work on a wood toolbox they can use for keeping anything from art supplies to toys neat and portable. Once the toolbox is built, your child can paint it in their favorite color. 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

Movie in the Park: Cat In The Hat Riverside Park 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs Saturday, January 21 • Dusk

Conrad and Sally Walden (Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning) are home alone with their pet fish. It is raining outside, and there is nothing to do. Until The Cat in the Hat ('Mike Myers') walks in the front door. He introduces them to their imagination, and at first it's all fun and games, until things get out of hand, and The Cat must go, go, go, before their parents get back. Grab your blanket or your favorite low back chair for a free family movie under the stars at Riverside Park. 239-992-2556

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

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

Make Saturday afternoon the best time of the week when you bring your family out to see CFABS’ own youth improv group “Mission Improvable,” at 4:00pm. These very funny improv professionals were trained through CFABS youth theater and improv classes. Bring the entire family out to enjoy great comedy as willing audience volunteers join our troupe for guaranteed laughs. Snacks and beverages available. Youth $6/ $10 adults. For further information call 239-495-8989 or visit www.artcenterbonita.org

Kiwanis Medieval Faire Lakes Regional Park 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers Jan. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15 • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Continuous Entertainment! Jousting by New Riders of the Golden Age, A multitude of Merchants & Artisans, Jugglers, Magicians, Minstrels, Live Combat Chess Match, Live Sword Fighting, Medieval Arts and Crafts, Royal Court and Procession, Children’s Games and Rides, Medieval Clothing and Weapons, Period Food & Beverages & MEADE! www.medieval-faire.com

Monday -9 Wii and Board Games (tween)

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

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

On the Table: Emoji Pillows (tween) Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral Jan. 9 - 14

Available during normal library operating hours. Turn your favorite emoji into a soft pillow using a simple, no-sew technique. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 9, 23, 30

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 a caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They'll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and more. 239-479-4636

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Toddler Tales Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 9, 23, 30

This interactive and active time for toddlers and a caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They'll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing & books. Tickets are available the day of the program. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 9, 23, 30

South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 9, 23

For ages newborn to 18 months. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Tuesday - 10

Rock Art for Kids and Teens Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 4 p.m.

Design art on rocks with Sharpies. All supplies will be provided. For ages 5 and up. 239-479-4636

East County Anime Club (tween) East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 24

For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Program limited to grades 612. 239-479-4636

Teen to Teen: YouTube Movies South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 6:15 p.m.

Meet a teen who has a passion for movie making on YouTube. He will share his tips, tricks and short special effects. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31

This interactive and active time for toddlers and a caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31

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

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Baby Rhyme Time & Toddler Tales Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 10:10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

Babies and toddlers love activity and the chance to practice their growing language skills. During this special storytime, they'll experience felt board stories, rhymes, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. 239-479-4636

Preschool Storytime South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 Preschool Storytime Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

Preschoolers attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK Playland

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

Bullet Journaling Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Teens do you love to write poems, ideas and lists? Do you have Post-it notes everywhere? Bring a notebook or we will provide one to decorate and personalize. All supplies are provided. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

For ages newborn to 5 years. Please pick up a Storytime Ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. 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

Preschool Storytime Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

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. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun. 239-479-4636

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Wednesday, Jan. 11 - continued Preschool Family Storytime Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

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

Toddler Tales East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

Family Movie Night Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Lee County Alliance for the Arts 10091 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers Friday, January 20 • 6:30 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! Movie starts at dusk. Hit the road with your favorite fur balls in the funniest Alvin and the Chipmunks ever! Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami… and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. 239-939-2787

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This interactive and active time for toddlers and a caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They’ll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

During this special storytime for babies, ages newborn to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11, 18, 25

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

Thursday - 12 Baby Rhyme Time

East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26

North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12

During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Family Storytime East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26

Five simple practices get kids ready to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. 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

Homeschool Exploration: Weird Science! Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10:30 a.m.

Homeschoolers, come and explore the exciting world of weird science. Conduct fun experiments to entertain and educate the whole family. For children age 5 and up. Please preregister. 239-479-4636

Toddler Tales South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26

This interactive time for toddlers ages 18-36 months and a caregiver will include storytelling, wordplay, fingerplays and music-making designed to advance pre-reading skills. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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26th Annual Cape Coral St. Andrew Festival St. Andrew Catholic Parish/School 2628 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral January 12 – 15

From Thursday to Sunday, the school’s campus will be filled with all of the rides, attractions, games, and activities that make up a fantastic weekend of carnival fun. The event will feature over 20 Midway style carnival rides ranging from the adventurous Himalaya, Freak Out, and Orbitor, to the always favorite giant Ferris wheel. 239-772-3922

Preschool Storytime Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26

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. This storytime includes stories and activities that will engage your child and encourage them to participate in the fun. 239-479-4636

Friday - 13 Family Storytime

Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 13, 27 Family Storytime Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 13, 20, 27

This enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories. 239-479-4636

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

Baby trees, giggle and cuddle bends 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

Saturday - 14 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

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

Kids Club: Fingerprint Snowman Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

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

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.

Free VPK Available

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

National Anthem Auditions Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 1 to 3 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store Compete to sing The National Anthem at a 2017 Minnesota Twins Spring Training game. 239-948-3766

How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

Perfect for every child who has ever loved or yearned for a pet, this uproarious new book delights readers of all ages as they peek into the mischievous world of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague's bestselling 'How Do Dinosaurs...' series. Join us for a fun-filled Storytime featuring How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? 239-437-0654

Rubber Ducky Fun Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 2:15 p.m.

Location: Amphitheater - Play with rubber ducks and listen to duck stories. 239-479-4636

Tuesday - 17

• Offering Preschool & Child Care • Hours of Operation 7:00 am to 6:00 pm • Flexible Schedules • Degreed Teachers • Serving Children Ages 18 months to private kindergarten • Gymnasium, Library, Computer Lab & Music Program

Swim Center:

Private & Group Lessons Available

Call to find out about our Full Immersion Spanish Program!

Emerging Inventors Early Learning ClassesSensory Science & Art Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m.

Emerging Inventors engage their five senses as they learn how they perceive and react to their environment through an exciting series of activities and experiments. Edison Ford's Emerging Inventors Program for one- to five-year-old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers. 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. 239-334-7419

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

NEW DANCE STUDIO! Dance For ALL Ages

Winter/Spring 2017

Registration Now Open!

New Students are Welcome! NEW CLASSES:

The studio that CARES about its families - always offering PRO-RATED TUITION! NO REGISTRATION FEE • ENJOY 1 FREE CLASS Online Payment through our

NEW Website

Sweet tea, coffee and water served daily. Every dancer gets a FREE SNOWCONE after every class - Miss Karen's little treat!!

Three large studio rooms with observer windows Playroom for young dancers and siblings • Kitchen/cafe • Dancers' lounge Owner/Business Manager Karen Martina

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Adult Ballet & Tuesday Mini Ballet (due to popular demand)

Adult Hip Hop Fitness, Jr./Teen/Sr. JazzContemporary-Leaps & Turns Perfect class for the recreational dancer wanting one class a week! .

New Location

1400 Colonial Blvd., Suite 14 in Fort Myers 239-288-6188 or 239-980-0860

Please visit our website to view our newly revised class schedule & faculty members.

g-forcedance.com

332-1900

12211 Towne Lake Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913

www.brownacademy.net

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Tuesday, Jan. 17 - continued DIY Teen Crafts East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Turn an old cigar box into a work of art with Mod Podge, magazine pictures, graphic novels, rhinestones and more. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Nailed It! DIY Lab for Teens Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 4:30 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

Wednesday - 18

Celebration in the Sky Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, 506 South 1st Street Saturday, January 21 • 9 p.m.

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will light up the sky with “Celebration in the Sky,” a family-friendly fireworks show! All ages are welcome and admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the casino’s food truck and cash bar. 800-218-0007

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Drone Day Demonstration at the Beach Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 3 p.m.

Soaring Sky of Fort Myers will talk about how drones are being used to make a difference in our communities and provide a flight demonstration on the beach near the library. Meet at the Captiva Library and we will go to the beach as a group. 239-479-4636

Moms Appreciation Day Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., 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. 239-948-3766

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in WINK Playland

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

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

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

Thursday - 19 Baby Rhyme Time

Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 19, 26

During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Emerging Inventors Early Learning ClassesPhonograph Music Fun Edison & Ford Winter Estates 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 9:30 a.m.

Emerging Inventors explore the world of music by learning notes through song, and crafting simple instruments with demonstrations featuring historic phonographs and a live harp performance. Edison Ford's Emerging Inventors Program for one-to fiveyear-old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers. 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. 239-334-7419

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National Popcorn Day North Fort Myers Public Library 2001 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers 4 p.m. Join us for all things popcorn. Play games like popcorn toss, popcorn-on-the-head relay and popcorn-a-drama and enjoy crafts and a little tasting. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Friday - 20 African Tales

Captiva Memorial Library 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva 3 p.m.

Hear African tales and make a Khamsa Hand Craft. 239-479-4636

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Lehigh Senior High School 901 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh Acres 6:30 p.m.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. 239-693-5353

Kids Tag Art Showcase Hotel Indigo 1520 Broadway Ave. Fort Myers 4 – 7 p.m.

KTA Showcase displaying 80 of the front plates designed by the students and sold to help fund elementary art classrooms. www.leetc.com/about-us/kids-tag-art

Saturday - 21 An Afternoon at the Movies

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

A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when his owner takes in a stray mutt whom the dog instantly dislikes. Their feud eventually causes both of them to get lost in New York City and they must work together to find their way home. Rated PG. Subject to change without notice. Seating is limited, first come, first served. 239-479-4636

Junior Ranger Program - Snakes Alive! Koreshan State Historic Site 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, 10 a.m. - noon

Come in for a fun learning experience! Meet in the picnic area at 10 a.m. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Reservations requested. 239-992-0311.

The Estero Park Yard Sale The Estero Community Park and Recreation Center 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost is only $5 per parking space and you are responsible for your own tables and chairs. Spaces may be reserved by registering online at www.leeparks.org, calling the Estero Recreation Center at 239-498-0415

Saddlewood Horse Club Horse Interaction Day 16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come out to a fun-filled day this month for our Horse Interaction Day Children 2 - 15 will be able to enjoy 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 Please pre-register by phone or online to reserve your spot - limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended). 239-738-9300 or info@CapeHorses.com www.CapeHorses.com

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

Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book Nanette's Baguette follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But... will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will Nanette soon be beset with regret? Find out at Storytime. 239-437-0654

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

Family Yoga with Kathryn Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., 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

Coloring Fun! Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 1 – 4 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon filled with coloring fun. Drop in to color, doodle and relax at the library. All materials provided. For ages 2 to 12. 239-479-4636

Symphony Storytime with The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Pine Island Public Library 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia 11 a.m.

Listen to a children’s storybook being read aloud as a musician from the orchestra brings it to life with music and sound effects 239-479-4636

Special Needs Storytime Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 10 a.m.

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

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

Kids Club: Craftstick Cocoa Mug Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon

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

Tween Saturdays: 3D Printing Pens East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 11 a.m.

Use a high-tech pen to draw a 3D picture in plastic instead of ink. For grades 5-8. Program is limited to 10. 239-479-4636

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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

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Monday, Jan. 23 - continued Chess Anyone? Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 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

Tuesday - 24

Astronomy! Celestial Treats from our Driveway! Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 6 p.m.

The Charlotte County Fair Charlotte County Fair Grounds, 2333 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte January 27 – February 5

Fair rides, food, music, livestock and agricultural displays, Live Shark Encounter Show and contests! Take a walk through the corral of animals from horses to llamas and be sure to stop by the petting zoo too. A variety of livestock and agriculture shows will be happening daily. 941-629-4252

Guest speaker Steve Valdespino will guide attendees in finding objects that are readily seen in the night sky including constellations, stars and planets. A telescope will be set up if weather permits. Bring your own binoculars if you wish and dress warm. 239-479-4636

Talent Show Unity Charter School 2017 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Open to the Public! Come enjoy an evening of entertainment! Unity Charter School of Cape Coral is a Free High Performing Public Charter School (Now Enrolling K-8th Grades) $5 entry fee. Call 239-8295134 for more information.

Discover Your World: China South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 6:15 p.m.

It's the Year of the Rooster. Experience Chinese culture through food samples, crafts and demonstrations. Bring your camera to take your picture with the Chinese New Year dragon. 239-479-4636

Discover Your World: China (tween) South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero 6:15 p.m.

It's the Year of the Rooster. Experience Chinese culture through food samples, crafts and demonstrations. Bring your camera to take your picture with the Chinese New Year dragon. 239-479-4636

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Teen Beading Club - Making Beads Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Make your own beads out of clay. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Retro Reels: 80s Movies for Teens – Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 4 p.m.

Two seemingly dim witted teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland

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

Friday - 27

All-County Middle/High School Band Concert Mariner High School 701 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral 7 p.m. 239-772-3324

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Garden Bros Circus Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero January 27, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. & January 28, 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Garden Bros Circus celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America. Last chance to see Elephants live! ‘Motorcycle Madness’ has motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom; Chinese Acrobats, the Human Slingshot, Racing Camels, crazy comedy with Circus Clowns, daring aerialists; cirque artists. Its 1½ hours of excitement and fun! First one hundred adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com

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Bookmaking Basics for Teens Northwest Regional Library 519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral 1 p.m.

Learn about bookbinding and the insides of a book. Try out book artist techniques and use recycled materials to create your own journal. Registration required, space is limited. 239-479-4636

Kids Club: Travel Tic-Tac-Toe Game Michaels 13741 S Tamiami Trl, Market Square, Fort Myers 10 a.m. - noon They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a fun project. Sign up in-store, online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.. 239-215-1730

I'll Never Let You Go Storytime Barnes & Noble, Marketplace SC 13751 Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 11 a.m.

"When you love someone, you stand by them no matter what happens. In the story I'll Never Let You Go, we celebrate the beauty of unconditional love. Join us for Storytime and activities. 239-437-0654

Family Fun Night Cape Coral Yacht Club Pool 5819 Driftwood Parkway , Cape Coral 5 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of music and fun at the Yacht Club Pool. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Daily Fees Apply. 239-542-3903

ClamJam of Southwest Florida Seafood & Music Festival 2101 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday, January 29, 10 - 5 p.m.

This is a family event that offers kids games, contests, rides, arts & crafts, 2 full days of live music, fishing seminars. Fresh Local Seafood. . . right-offthe-boats of our fishermen. Locally harvested clams and shellfish, and other seafood dishes being offered also others great foods are being offered for those who can’t or don’t eat seafood. www.ClamJamSWFL.com

Celebrate Chinese New Year! Riverdale Branch Library 2421 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers 2 p.m.

Ring in the Chinese New Year with family fun and crafts at Riverdale Branch Library. 239-479-4636

Movies Under The Stars-Minions Coconut Point 23106 Fashion Dr., Estero 7 - 8 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

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

The 14th Annual Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival Centennial Park, 2000 W First St, Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 941-625-8544 PugFest: Invasion of the Canines Bell Tower Shops., Fort Myers 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us for the Return of the Jedi at this year's PugFest! Bring your furry friend for all kinds of fun including: Creatures & dowdies Costume Contests, Luke skywave Skills Competition, BB-8 Obstacle Course Wicked woozier Contest, prizes, entertainment & lots of fun for dogs of any breed! 239-489-1221

Sunday - 29 Gumbo Fest

The Shell Factory and Nature Park 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Live jazz entertainment, festive food and fun! Free admission! 239-995-2141

Annual Ghost Walks Koreshan State Historic Site 3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero 6:45 - 9:45 p.m.

Settlement comes to life as historical interpreters in period costumes portray its founding 100 years ago. Enjoy a nighttime ghost walk in an atmosphere of moonlight and candlelit pathways. As you walk past and view old historic buildings, you will experience Koreshans telling their own story. Learn the before, during and after story of the Koreshan Settlement and enjoy treats make from Koreshan recipes. 239-992-0311

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LEGO Building 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

Family Spy Night Lakes Regional Library 5290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 6 p.m.

Join us for some stories, code breaking and spy activities. For ages 2 to 12.. Registration begins Jan. 9. 239-479-4636

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Learn with the Gulf Coast Symphony East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres 2 p.m.

Take a first step in learning about symphonic music. Sessions are led by Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz or other Gulf Coast Symphony staff and musicians, using musical examples from this season’s concerts. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day (tween) Fort Myers Regional Library 2450 First St., Fort Myers 5 p.m.

Kids and teens, come create some crafty projects. All supplies are provided. Be prepared to paint and wear older clothes. 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

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

ABUSE COUNSELING TREATMENT + Family Support of rape survivors (ACT) 939-3112

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

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

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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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How to Survive an Active Shooter Situation

Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs Tuesday, January 17 • 2 p.m. Lee County Sheriff's Officer Scott Griffith will discuss how to respond in an active shooter situation and the best way to survive a potentially dangerous assault. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

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

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

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

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

To update your support group listing email us: leefamilynews@earthlink.net or call 239-278-5236

Mothers Support Groups

SOUTH LEE COUNTY MOMS AND TODDLERS South Fort Myers Moms consists of a close group of mothers and children who are looking to form lasting friendships for ourselves as well as our children. We 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

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 allowing them time to play while we have time to work on ourselves. 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. 274-1230. Please check website for current cost. 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 newborn to five years. (Expecting moms welcome too). Meetings offer food, fun and fellowship in addition to guest speakers and crafts with childcare included. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday (Sept. - May) from 9:30 to 11:45 at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral info@capechristian.com 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

SIX MILE MOPS - Mothers of preschoolers with children 0-5 years, (pregnant women are welcome too) meet on every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month September-May, 9:30-11:30am. Come to make friends and 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 7680308 www.sixmilemops.org

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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Test measures heart health in young athletes According to the National Federation of ings on paper. This test can determine how fast the State High School Associations (NFHS), more heart is beating and whether the heart’s rhythm is than 7.5 million high school students particiirregular or normal.” pate in organized athletics. Most of these Middle and high school-aged athletes benefit young athletes will begin and end their sports from this test because it can detect the risk for sudendeavors with only minor injuries but some den cardiac arrest—the leading cause of death will experience serious illness or life-threatenamong young athletes. Athletes with this condition ing injuries. experience sudden loss of heart function, breathing Golisano Children’s Hospital pediatric carand consciousness. diologist Eric Eason, D.O. and Lee Health car“This is a test we recommend for all young athdiovascular screening coordinator Carrie letes,” Dr. Eason says. “The ECG screening has the Dorsch screened Florida SouthWestern State ability to detect risk for sudden cardiac arrest stemCollege athletes at the beginning of the school ming from abnormalities such as enlargement of year. They used electrocardiograms (ECG) to the heart. Eric Eason, D.O. determine if young athletes were healthy The test is important because most athletes who enough to play endurance and competitive are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest exhibit no signs sports. or symptoms before the event. “If the ECG identi“An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a non-invasive test fies any abnormalities, we recommend the child seek followwhich measures the heart’s electrical activity,” Carrie up with their pediatrician for further evaluation,” Dr. Eason explains. “It translates the electrical activity into line tracsays.

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Free Screenings

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons or Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary No appointment necessary Results will be read by pediatric cardiologists Eric Eason, D.O. or Suying Lam, M.D. The test takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Results are mailed to the home address provided in 5-7 business days. The test is performed free of charge on students ages 12 -22 and is offered in addition to routine physicals. It is not designed to take the place of a sports-related physical. “Our goal is to make sure athletes are safe and healthy enough to play the sport of their choice,” Carrie says. “The ECG is one more tool we have to identify a problem before it’s too late so we can make the necessary corrections.”

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Million Mile Movement: A family activity

The new year brings hope of new beginnings, and a time when many resolve to change and improve our health, wellness and lifestyle. This year, make a family resolution to get moving – together. Healthy Lee is challenging our community to join the Million Mile Movement—to collectively log 1,000,000 miles in three months. The challenge, which runs Jan. 9 - March 31, might be just what we all need to set a healthy goal, and to find the support and motivation to keep and reach it – it’s a great way to spend time with the family in a healthy activity. The Million Mile Movement is a fun, inclusive way to empower all of us to move. Whether you walk, run, bike, swim or participate in other aerobic activities that energize your body and mind, every step counts—for yourself and our community. Here are the steps to take so your steps count:

Register to participate

The Million Mile Movement challenge is free and open to all Lee County residents—of all ages and fitness levels. Visit www.HealthyLee.com/news-events/Million-MileMovement to register as an individual or create a team with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors along The Corridor. Participants will receive a weekly email newslet-

ter with health tips and motivation throughout the challenge. Registration is now open. (If you participated last year, your registration automatically renews. Please log in to update your profile.)

Set your goal

How many miles do you want to move during the challenge? Make sure your goal is realistic and attainable, so you stay motivated to reach it. If you choose to create a team, set your own individual goal, as well as the team’s goal.

Child car seat check-up Jan. 13 in Fort Myers

A child passenger safety (car seat check-ups) will be held in Lee County in January, according to Lee Health. Safe Kids Southwest Florida invites parents to a free car seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician and hands-on training to keep child passengers safe. The car seat checkup will be held Friday, Jan. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at South Trail Fire & Rescue, station 62 (off Daniels Parkway) in Fort Myers. For more info, call 239-343-6199.

Get moving and log your miles

Keep count of your efforts and then visit the easy-to-use website— www.HealthyLee.com/news-events/MillionMile-Movement —to track your healthy activities. This keeps you motivated to continue working toward your goal, and keeps you updated on our community’s progress toward 1,000,000 miles. The website also features a movement converter tool to convert a variety of healthy activities into miles, so incorporate different exercises to keep yourself interested, engaged and challenged. If you’re looking for different ways to get moving in Lee County, the event calendar on the Healthy Lee website features health and wellness events, activities and ideas. Come on, Lee County, let’s make move 1,000,000 miles in the next three months – we can do it!

Autism screening for young children Jan. 6 in Estero

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age. The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held on Jan. 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Drive, suite 105, Estero.. It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more

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common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Medical consultants for the project stress that an early diagnosis can make a vast difference for toddlers and their families. They say early intensive behavioral intervention can make an immense difference not just in the development of the child, but in their families as well. The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 239343-6838.

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Sing

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season. Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Now playing - rated PG

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

The LEGO Batman Movie

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described 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

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Medieval Faire JANUARY 7&8 14 & 15

Lakes Park, Fort Myers $15 for adults and $5 for children 5-11

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FREE ON-SITE PARKING

VENDORS PLEASE CONTACT TERRY SHORT 239-839-8036

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Watch auditions for Young Artists Awards Jan. 21-22 and Jan. 28-29

The public is invited to attend the 2017 Young Artists Awards auditions to view hundreds of preregistered students from throughout Southwest Florida auditioning in classical voice, contemporary voice/musical theatre, dance, drama, and instrumental music during four days of auditions held on the campus of the Alliance for the Arts located at 10091 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. The auditions are open and free to the public for viewing and will be held at multiple locations at the Alliance. Additional information about the program and presale of tickets to our 14th Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on March 6 will also be available. The days and locations for viewing are: Saturday, Jan. 21 Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 13-16 (in classroom) Instrumental Music-ages 13-16 and 1721 (in theatre) Sunday, Jan. 22 Dance-ages 8-14, 15-21 (in theatre) Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 8-12 (in classroom) Saturday, Jan. 28 Classical Voice-ages 13-16 and 17-21 (in theatre) Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre-ages 17-21 (in classroom) Sunday, Jan. 29 Drama-ages 13-16 and 17-21 (in classroom) The not for profit Young Artists Awards is the area’s premier performing arts audi-

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tion, performance, education, and scholarship program for area students, now in its fourteenth year. Participants will have the opportunity to perform before panels of professional adjudicators; over 60 judges will be in attendance this year. Students will receive scoring sheets and written comments from all members of their judging panel. All genres of music, acting, dance and vocal performance are encouraged. Based on the results of the four days of auditions, 22 finalists will be selected to perform individually at the Young Artists Awards 14th Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on Monday, March 6. Eleven runners-up will also be awarded cash scholarships. The organization’s newest award, “Audience Choice”, will also be voted on by audience members in attendance that evening. A total of thirty-five cash scholarships and other prizes, including a scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University, will be awarded. In addition, all participating students will be given the opportunity to perform at various community events. As a not for profit organization, the Young Artists Awards also collaborates with other area organizations to provide additional information to our student participants in the performing arts. Visit the Young Artists Awards website at www.youngartistsawards.org, email info@youngartistsawards.org, call 239-5749321, and like the Young Artists Awards page on Facebook for more info about the auditions and upcoming gala.

Evening with the Authors March 17

Reading Festival announces authors for March 18 event More than two dozen nationally acclaimed authors plan to meet their fans and talk about their books at the 18th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 18 at Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. The festival is a free, day-long event filled with sensational author talks, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, activities for teens and children, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands. The festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. The Reading Festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The festival starts Friday evening, March 17, at the Marina at Edison & Ford with the Evening with the Authors. The event provides the opportunity for fans to meet, mingle and dine with authors. Tickets to the dinner and reception can be purchased at www.Readfest.org. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend both events include adult authors: Shelley Shepard Gray, James Grippando, Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Greaney, Susan Wiggs, Lori Wilde; teen authors include: Sara Shepard, Kami Garcia and S.J. Kincaid; and children’s authors: Chris Grabenstein, Salina Yoon and Candace Fleming. The complete list of authors can be found at www.read-

fest.org. The Reading Festival, presented by the Lee County Library System is free and 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit www.readfest.org to make a secure online donation. Author information, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, is available for your convenience 24 hours a day at www.readfest.org or call 239-479-4636.

Childrenʼs authors:

Candace Fleming - Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! and Giant Squid Chris Grabenstein - Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel and Escape from Mr. Lemoncelloʼs Library

Grace Lin - When the Sea Turned Silver and Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same Eric Rohmann - My Friend Rabbit and Bulldozerʼs Big Day

Tui Sutherland - The Dragonet Prophecy and Talons of Power Salina Yoon - Penguin and Pinecone ands Found

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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

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 pullapart 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

Kona Ice

Looking for the perfect Birthday Party Event this year? Why not ask Kona to bring some tropical island party FUN? Everybody loves Kona Ice! Parties Starting at $125. Contact Rose from Kona Ice of Fort Myers Today to schedule your event! 239-980-2648; Email - BobRose@Kona-Ice.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

Out of My Hands Juggling & Illusions

Blending choreographed juggling with illusions, Out of My Hands delivers a high-energy show that is innovative and interactive. Cutting-edge light & laser effects will amaze & delight all ages. It’s kinetic artistry! Workshops encourage perseverance, build self-esteem, and allow individuals to express their creativity all while experiencing an aerobic workout. 239-560-1671

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Sylvan Learning Center

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

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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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

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

Taekwondo United

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

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-A-whirl 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

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Sky Zone Fort Myers Indoor Trampoline Park

Throw your child the best party ever at Sky Zone! Your kids and their friends will experience the WOW of jumping, flying and flipping on our wallto-wall trampoline courts. Give your child the best gift of all – pure joy! Throwing a great party can get complicated, but Sky Zone makes it easy. Just bring the kids and we do the rest. Party packages include jump time, sky socks, party room, party host, unlimited soft drinks, set up, clean up and more! www.skyzone.com/FortMyers 14181 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers 239-313-5448

Southern Starz

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

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