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February 2012
"We Love Lee County"

 
"My Furry Valentine" Adoption Promotion

When: Throughout February

Where: Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers

Cost: $25 discount off the adoption fee for all pets; plus 2-for-1 for all cats and kittens

Information: www.leelostpets.com;  Submit an adoption application



  

Untold Stories

When: Throughout the year

Where: LeeTV

Cost: Free

Information:  25 episodes about the history of local communities produced by FGCU. Airing 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. "Baseball in Lee County" Feb. 2 & 5;  "Pine Island" Feb. 9 & 12.  Click here to search programming by date. 


 
JetBlue Park at Fenway South Grand Opening Celebration

When: Grand opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by Open House from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25

Where: JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, off Daniels Parkway east of Interstate 75 in south Fort Myers

Cost: Free

Information: The public will be able to walk freely around JetBlue Park and enjoy concessions and street festival entertainment including face painting, magicians, stilt walkers, bounce house, obstacle course and other childrens' games on Fenway South Drive. They will also be able to walk around the practice fields on the first full squad workout of the 2012 Red Sox team. Want to ride your bicycle to the event? Learn about "Pedal to the Park" planned rides.


  
Lee County Library System's Pioneers & Legends of Lee County's Past 125 Years: A Lecture Series

  • Tales of Fishing and Lore of the Waters of Lee County
    When: 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
    Where: Fort Myers-Lee County Library, 2050 Central Ave., Fort Myers
    Cost: Free; Registration is required. Go to the calendar at www.lee-county.com/library and click on the event.
    Information: Join Ralph Woodring and Dave Westra as they share stories of the pioneering people who have fished the waters of Lee County. Hear stories of the Woodring Family’s colorful fishing history, which dates back to 1888, and the evolution of fishing in Southwest Florida.

  • A Century of Strife and Strides of Lee County’s African American Pioneers
    When:
    2-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
    Where: Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers 
    Cost: Free; Registration is required. Go to the calendar at www.lee-county.com/library and click on the event.
    Information: Fort Myers has a rich and varied African American history in Lee County.  Join Daisy Upshaw Benjamin and Jim Jordan as they talk about their pioneering relatives and influential African Americans in Lee County’s history.


  • The Legends of Baseball in Lee County, Florida
    When:
    2-3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27
    Where: South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
    Cost: Free; Registration is required. Go to the calendar at www.lee-county.com/library and click on the event.
    Information: Legends such as Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Roberto Clemente and dozens of other baseball Hall of Famers have played in Lee County ballparks. Now, a few days before the Boston Red Sox play their first game in JetBlue Park, longtime The News-Press staff writer Glenn Miller will discuss the history of spring training and other sports in Lee County.

  • The Early Pioneering and Influential Families of Lee County
    When: 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28
    Where: South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero
    Cost Free; Registration is required. Go to the calendar at www.lee-county.com/library and click on the event.
    Information: Hear Woody Hanson talk about his five generations of family history beginning in 1866 with his great, great grandfather Manuel A. Gonzalez, the first settler in Fort Myers. One of his ancestors was the physician to Thomas Edison and the Seminole-Miccosukee Indians. Another was dubbed the “White Medicine Man.” Hear their stories and many more. 


Kickoff Lee County Parks & Recreation’s Summer Camp Season

When: All day Monday, Feb. 27

Where: Online at www.leeparks.org or by calling (239) 533-7440

Cost: Varies, depending on camp. Check options at http://www.leeparks.org/brochures/index.html

Information: The 2012 Summer Camp theme at Lee County Parks & Recreation is “Jump into Summer Fun,” and that’s how we’ll do it this year as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Lee County. Camp registration starts Monday, Feb. 27, and continues until camps fill or the sessions begin. Don’t procrastinate – each year, the spots at Wa-Ke Hatchee, Lakes Regional Park and Estero Recreation Center fill up well before the mercury throbs and the kids are out of school. Summer camp runs eight weeks – from June 4 through July 27.