Out and about in LaBelle for the week of 5-19-16

Family Day
All are welcome at LaBelle Revival Center’s Family Day Saturday, May 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Food, music and fellowship. Bounce house for the kids. Located at 3025 SR 78.

Worship and bible study
Come join the Oak Grove Holiness Church in Muse Sunday at 11 a.m. and Sunday night at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship and bible study with Jimmy Dana. All welcome to participate in the service. We are located at the top of Summerall Road and Loblolly.

Gospel music concert
Trust Quartet singing Gaither style songs in four-part harmony are scheduled to perform in concert on May 22 at 11 a.m. at Moore Haven Church of God. The exciting Trust Quartet, a Florida-based Nashville recorded mixed group will perform with their enthusiastic approach to some of gospel’s finest songs. Trust not only has great harmony but also a unique ministering ability with song. You will not want to miss this opportunity to enjoy a great concert.

Summer camp at Carlson
Carlson Kids Camp (formerly VBS) will be held from June 27 through July 1. It’s for kids from age 3 to those who have completed 4th grade. We will start at 8:45 am and go until 12:45 pm. We will have worship and music, Bible Study, art, games, lunch and much more. COME JOIN THE FUN! Sign up to volunteer or register your child on our website at www.CarlsonUMC.org. There is no charge for Kids Camp. Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell Street, LaBelle 863-675-0656.

SCF planning meeting
Planning for the 2017 SCF will begin Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Festival committee is always looking for volunteers and public input, hope to see you there!

LaBelle River Park work day
The City of LaBelle has a lease on 200+/- acres with the goal to become a ‘passive park’ – The name is officially “The LaBelle River Park.” We need full community help to continue to show progress in developing it into a park for hiking, bicycling, picnicking and horseback riding. Saturday, May 21, from 8–11 a.m. we are scheduled for a community workday. The park is located just north of the river, turn east onto Riverbend Drive (first road to the right north of the ‘ river), go through the gate and we will meet on the right in the ‘corral’. Wear work clothes, long sleeves and pants, closed toe shoes, hat and sunscreen; bring water, gloves, clippers, loppers, pruning saw, shovel, hoe– whatever you have and can work with. We are eager for all help and input for the development of the River Park. For further information, call or text Julie 863-673-4529.

Free HIV testing
June 8, the eight day of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States, has been designated as National Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day. NCAHAAD is designed to encourage Caribbean-American and Caribbean-born individuals to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved. Because HIV infects people of all races and ethnicities, the Florida Department of Health will offer free HIV testing for anyone from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at: 1100 Olympia St. (Clewiston); 1140 Pratt Blvd. (LaBelle); and 1021 Health Park Dr. (Moore Haven). For more information contact Antonia at 863-674-4041 X 124.

Democrats to meet May 28
Hendry County Democrats will meet at LaBelle’s Big V Restaurant, SR-80 West at Hall St., on Saturday, May 28, at 8:30 a.m. Local Democrats will plan for the upcoming Primary Election on August 30 and the General Election to be held on November 8. Alina Valdes, who has qualified to run as Democratic Candidate for Congressional District 25, has already announced her intention to attend this meeting, Other local, district, and statewide Democratic candidates or their representatives are also expected to attend.
The meeting is an event on the Hendry County Democrats Facebook page. Voters planning on attending are asked to sign up on Facebook to let the Big V Restaurant have an idea how many people may show up for breakfast. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about the Democrats who will be on the Primary Ballot for Hendry County in August and also those Democrats who will only be on the November Ballot if they have no opponents in the August Primary.

Career Online High School
If you have dreamed of completing your high school course work and earning an actual diploma, you still have time to register in the program offered through Barron Library. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., to be eligible to participate in the online program at this time.
After you begin the course work, it could take up to eighteen months to complete all the credits needed to earn your diploma. However, you may work at your own pace, allowing you to finish the program in a shorter amount of time. The Career Online High School program, offered free of charge to library patrons, is brought to you by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons and Gale Cengage Learning. Contact Barron Library for Complete details, 863-675-0833.

Birds Day Camp
All About Birds Day Camp and Field Trip for youth ages 5– 8 (as of September 1, 2015) at the Hendry County Extension Service in LaBelle on May 26 and May 27 beginning at 9 a.m. both days! Youth will become a Citizen Scientist while learning about birds. Youth will also learn how to collect data for real time bird studies, play fun games and enjoy touring on the field trip.
If you need a ride from Clewiston, be at the Clewiston 4-H office at 8 a.m. You may register by calling 863-983-1598 or 863-674-4092. Space is limited and on first come first serve basis so be sure to call the 4-H office as soon as possible. There is no charge; however, you are required to bring your lunch and wear closed toe shoes.

Citrus for homeowners
The Edible Gardening Exchange’s March speaker will be Dr. Mongi Zekri, southwest Florida Multi-County Citrus Agent. He provides educational opportunities in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. Dr. Zekri will explain basic homeowner citrus care including citrus greening.
Join other edible gardeners on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Rec Center located at 2000 N Recreation Park Way in North Fort Myers. Arrive at 5:30pm for an open and informal chat on edible topics. Consider bringing something to share with other gardeners (seeds, plants, a snack). Bring your own cup for free coffee and tea.
All fees are paid at the front desk. Fee for the monthly summer classes from April to September is $10. In addition, a Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card is also required which is a one-time fee of $10 per person. For more information, call or text Karen Harty at 610.530.8883 or email GrowAGardener@gmail.com.

Memory mobile coming
Visitors to the Memory Mobile can obtain a confidential memory screening; receive literature and resources related to Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and caregiver concerns, and talk with an Alzheimer’s Association Program Specialist about specific needs /concerns. There is no charge for these services. May 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center, 475 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle. For more information contact Phone: 863-385-3444 / Email: canalesc@alzflgulf.org.

Gardeners to meet
The LaBelle Garden Club will meet Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center in LaBelle, 1085 Pratt Blvd. We will have a potluck dinner with refreshments served. Check out the website LabelleGardenClub.org, which is chock full of information on the unique conditions of gardening in LaBelle. For more information, call President Dave at 863-342-8233 or Nikki at 239-564-2005.

Fossil camp 2016
Let the adventure begin! Camp 1: July 11-15; Camp II: July 18-22; with interest Camp III: July 25-29.
For more information contact Scott Perry (409) 502-9029 email: scottyperry27@gmail.com. Registration with LaBelle Heritage Museum or on line www.fossil.camp.wordpress.com.

Operation Cleansweep
Operation Cleansweep is a mobile pesticide collection program that provides a safe way to dispose of cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides. Some examples of participants: Farms/Groves, Nurseries, Pest Control Services, Greenhouses, Golf Courses etc. In an effort to use all remaining funds, Fresh From Florida is waiving the 750 lb limit for qualifying material and are also allowing other entities such as government, schools, institutions, etc. to participate for free up to the time funds are depleted for this program year.
For more information call 877-851-5285 or email cleansweep@freshfromflorida.com.

American Legion events.
May 19 American Legion meets at 7 p.m.
May 21 Saturday, 11am-1pm. Hamburgers cooked your way. Hamburger $3.00 – Fries $1.00
May 28 Plant American Flags at Ft Denaud Cemetery for Memorial Weekend, 9 a.m.
May 30 – Memorial Day Ceremonies:
9 a.m. Memorial Ceremony at Felda Cemetery
11 a.m. Memorial Ceremony at Ft. Denaud Cemetery
12 noon Complimentary Lunch at The American Legion – Open to the Public, covered dishes welcome
June 3 Friday, Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. $8 a plate. Dessert available, Followed by Karaoke, Open to the public. (Fish Fries only on the first Friday of the month – from April through September)
American Legion Post 130 is located on SR80 West, across from the shell station. For further information call 863-675-8300. Dining room is smoke free.

VFW POST 10100 events
First Wednesday of every month House Committee Meeting at 7 p.m.
2nd Wednesday of every month The Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
3rd Tuesday of every month Men’s Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
3rd Wednesday of every month AmVets Meeting 6:30 p.m.
3rd Wednesday of every month Veterans Meeting 7 p.m.
Every Sat. Grilled Hamburgers cooked to perfection, serving begins at 11 a.m. 1 p.m.
BINGO every Sunday at 2 p.m.
Turkey Shoot 2nd and 4th Sunday, starts at 1 p.m. We are located on Hwy. 29 next to the Rodeo Grounds. For further information call 863-675-8008. Smoke free dining room. Hall for rental to the public. For information call 863-675-8008.

2016 Howard Reunion
Date: Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. Grace Building at Caloosa Baptist Church at 550 Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle. If you would like to be a part of the committee or for more information please feel free to contact Dwayne Pratt at 863-673-6491 or Kenny Howard at 863-517-0703.

Scholarship opportunity for FSW graduates
The Rotary Club of LaBelle is offering a scholarship to a student who has attended and graduated from Florida Southwestern College (or will graduate by August) and will be attending a public university or college in the State of Florida in the fall as a junior. There are some specific requirements applicants must meet. For more details and to request an application you can send an e-mail to jordan2200@embarqmail.com or request one from the Financial Aid office of Florida Southwestern College. Applications must be submitted and received by midnight May 20, 2016.

Glades conservation board to meet
The Glades Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the large conference room of the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Building. Meetings are open to the public.

 

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