Caloosa Belle

Out and about in LaBelle for the week of 2-25-16

All the Swamp Cabbage Events are at the front

 

SCF Country Western Dance
The Hendry County Cattle Women’s Association is pleased to host the 2016 Swamp Cabbage Country Western Dance. It is being held 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, at the LaBelle Civic Center. Anyone 18 or older is welcome.

There is a $20 admission charge, which includes cooler fees (no glass containers please). Live entertainment will be provided by the Derrick Scott Band.

Proceeds from the dance will be used to support the HCCWA’s scholarship fund for deserving college students. Call 863-674-4092 for further information.

Car show
On February 27, 2016, the 10th Annual Legends of the Road Super Cruise and Show will be held on North Lee Street at 8 a.m. The event is being hosted by the South Central Florida Car Club. All motor heads are welcome to come and show off their rides.

All makes and models are welcome- as long as it has wheels, dust her off and come out and have a great day. Over 50 trophy’s will be awarded- Dash plaques to the first 200. We will have a 50/50 and door prizes too.

Registration is $15 at the gate day of the show. Need more info, call 863-634-1791. See ya there.

SCF Parade
The Swamp Cabbage Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Bridge Street, near the Family Dollar. The parade will travel along Bridge Street to Barron Park and around to Main Street.

Streets and the Caloosahatchee Bridge will be closed during this event. Arrive early to find parking and viewing spots.

Parade participants will be tossing candy, so please make sure all children are supervised.

Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by the Lee County Bass Anglers, fishermen hit the Caloosahatchee River long before daylight and compete for trophies, cash prizes and bragging rights. Trophies and payout awarded at Barron Park by the river, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

Rodeo
Across town, the Cattleman’s Association will host a rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the rodeo grounds, 100 Rodeo Drive (off SR 29S)
6 p.m. Friday, February 26
Noon. Saturday, February 27, Open Barrel Race
7 p.m. Saturday, February 27, Ranch Rodeo

Old fashioned burgers!
The LaBelle Church of God will be serving “Old Fashion Hamburgers” Saturday, February 27, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church fellowship hall at the corner SR 80 and Elm Street. Hamburgers, bake beans, coleslaw, chips, tea or water all for only $8.

JoAnn Ivy benefit
A benefit to help Joanne Ivy with medical expenses is planned for Saturday, March 3, beginning at 8 a.m. Come to this unique yard sale at 4023 S. Edgewater Circle. Special collectible dolls, including Princess Diana, an antique clown and an iron angel will be raffled off.

JoAnn has been struggling with one medical hardship after another resulting in extreme medical expenses for doctors, medications and transportation. She is willing to cook fundraising dinners and can do things like house sit or walk a small quiet dog and sewing. A benefit account is set up at Florida Community Bank for donations. Just say you want to donate to the JoAnn Ivy Benefit Account. If you’d like to help out, you can call her at 863-517-2900.

Conservation board to meet
The Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on February 25, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the large conference room of the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Building. Meetings are open to the public.

Cowadunga!
Country Oaks Elementary School will host its annual Cowadunga fundraiser on Thursday, February 25, starting at 4 pm. Please come join us for an action packed afternoon of games, student choral performances, yummy food, and of course, the main event: cow “business.” To purchase a plot in hopes of the cow doing his “business” in your square, please stop by the school’s office or call 863-674-4140. Plots are $7 for one or 2 for $10. The winner will receive $1,000. Thank you for supporting Country Oaks Elementary School!

Hookers and Needlers
Hookers and Needlers Club of LaBelle will meet Thursday, February 25, 3 p.m. at the offices of Lori M. Shula, 825 E Cowboy Way # 106 for an hour of inspirational exchange of ideas, techniques and skills. The Club is accepting leftover yarns and supplies which will be turned into handmade goods to be distributed to the community. Free patterns and personalized instructions available. Call 230-292-4458 for more information.

Yard sale at Good Shepherd
Church yard sale March 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Collingswood Parkway. Donations accepted. Call 863-342-8415 for pick up.

Springfest
Whisper Creek RV Resort Springfest Craft Show and Bake Sale is being held Thursday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Rec Hall. There will be door prizes. Also, tickets will be sold for some wonderful large raffle items. There will be a lunch available to purchase from 11:30-1 for $4. The large bake sale and pie auction proceeds will go to a LaBelle charity.

Free HIV test
March 10 is the eleventh annual National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Although fewer USA women than men are infected with HIV, women are actually more biologically susceptible to infection if exposed. Among adult Florida women living with HIV disease through 2014, 72 percent were aged 40 or older. The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades counties will offer free HIV testing for anyone on Thursday, March 10, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at our clinic locations: 1100 Olympia Street (Clewiston); 1140 Pratt Blvd (LaBelle); and 1021 Health Park Dr (Moore Haven). Take charge of your life. Take the test.

American Legion events
Feb 26, Fri. 5-7 p.m. “Sea Food Buffet.”
Open to the Public All Weekend.
Feb. 26, Friday, 5-7 p.m. Seafood Buffet, (fish, shrimp, turkey and ham, and all the fixin’s), $10. Dessert available. No take out. The Desperado Band will be playing in the lounge from 5p-11p; $1.50 Draft Bud and Bud Light all weekend.
Feb. 27, Sat. 12 – 2 p.m., Meatball Subs with chips. $5 Desserts available. The Desperado Band playing in the lounge 1-5 p.m.
Feb. 28, Sun. Auxiliary Buffet Breakfast. 8-11 a.m., $8. The Desperado Band playing in the lounge 1-5 p.m.
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
Feb. 27, Sat. Best Swamp Fritters in town. Karaoke at 4 p.m.
March 5, Sat. Pasta Dinner, Serving at 5 p.m. for $8.
March 1, Fri. Rusty’s Famous Cat Fish Dinner Serving at 5 p.m. for $8.
Grilled Hamburgers cooked to perfection, serving begins at 11 a.m. to 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.We are a SMOKE FREE DINING ROOM!

Free vessel safety checks
Join Vessel examiners from U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-4 and Water Safety Educators from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in celebrating the 2016 Swamp Cabbage Festival Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at the North Boat Ramp-LaBelle, FL.

The U. S. Army Corps will be providing boating, water safety & Lake Okeechobee information. The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Will Be Conducting free vessel safety checks

This is not A Law Enforcement Function. There will be no penalties. Passing vessels get a safety check decal that may qualify you for a boat insurance discount

For more information email: InfoCalusaCGAUX94@gmail.com.

VFW recurring events
1st Wednesday of every Mon. House Committee Meeting at 7 p.m.
2nd Wednesday of every Mon. Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
3rd Tuesday of every Mon. Men’s Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
3rd Wednesday of every Mon. AmVets Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
3rd Wednesday of every Mon. VFW Meeting at 7 p.m.
Every Sat. Grilled hamburgers cooked to perfection, serving begins at 11 a.m. to 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 SR 29 next to the Rodeo Grounds. For information call 863-675-8008

Dispose of electronics properly
Televisions, computers, monitors and other electronic items are not to be placed with your household trash at curbside. To dispose of these items properly, take them to a Hendry County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center:

LaBelle – Wednesdays 12-1 p.m., 1360 Forestry Division Road

Clewiston – Tuesdays 9-10 a.m. 1381 Evercane Rd. (CR 835)

For further assistance call (863) 673-0508 or (863) 675-5252.

Relay
The 2016 Relay for Life will be April 2 in Barron Park, 4 p.m.-midnight. For more information or to sign up for Relay call Tracy at 673-4952.

Ortona Bingo
The Ortona Community Association (OCA) is hosting Bingo every Friday evening through the winter season. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. when hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken patties, snacks , ice cream, coffee and soft drinks are sold. The last cards are sold at 6:45 p.m. and Bingo begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Bingo and other OCA sponsored events are held in Ortona’s spacious new community center, located in the Ortona Community Park, 2086 Ortona Locks Road (Hwy 78A) The park is approximately 500 feet beyond the Ortona Firehouse. For information, contact Fran Way at 863-675-7880 or email franwayrn@aol.com