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Community Highlights – week of 032812

By Staff | Mar 28, 2012

Easter Bunny Trail at Greenwells

Mike Greenwells 21st annual Easter Bunny Trail will be held Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. until noon.

This is a free event for children 12 and younger. Bring your baskets and bring your friends to travel along the miniature golf course to receive free Easter goodies from 13 local business sponsors. Sponsored by Gator Country 101.9.

Bring a donation of pet food (especially cat food) for our local animal shelters and be entered into free raffles for special jumbo Easter baskets. Benefits Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary. Call 239-574-4386 or go to www.greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com for more info

Ninth annual Easter Bunny Toy Run

On Saturday, April 7, Harley Davidson of Fort Myers and the Harley Owner Group Southwest Florida Chapter will host the ninth annual Easter Bunny Toy Run to help provide toys to patients at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Pre-Registration will take place at Bike Night on April 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Harley Davidson of Fort Myers or register from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Harley Davidson of Fort Myers on Saturday, April 7.

The event will include an escorted route, entertainment, giveaways and a free post-run meal. Don’t ride a bike, but want to help? No problem! Just bring your items for donation, such as arts and craft supplies, toys and games, to Harley Davidson of Fort Myers the week preceding the event and riders will deliver them for you. No stuffed animals, please.

The 17-mile ride will run from the point of registration (Harley Davidson of Fort Myers, 2160 Colonial Boulevard) to The Children’s Hospital of SW Florida, a part of the Lee Memorial Health System, located at HealthPark Medical Center (corner of Summerlin and Bass Roads).

For more information, visit www.swflhog.com or call 239-209-7968.

Burroughs Home

to offer special tour

The Burroughs Home, 2505 First Street, Fort Myers, has come alive under the management of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. A special living history tour of the Georgian Revival Mansion will be offered on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 11 a.m. Those taking the tour can walk among live oaks and lush gardens and relax in a rocking chair on the verandah while watching the Caloosahatchee River roll gently by.

Join Mona and Jettie Burroughs as they share the history and colorful tales of living in one of Fort Myers’ oldest homes. Built in 1901, the Burroughs Home was the scene of many social events that hosted the Fort Myers’ elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones. Antique furnishings, historical artifacts, and delightful tales of growing up as the privileged daughters of wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline await visitors who want to take a step back in time.

Tour prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children, 6-12; children under 6 are free. Groups and seniors may take the tour for $10. Appointments can be made for groups of 8 or more. Reservations are suggested and may be made by contacting Christine@burroughshome.com.

Easter Egg Hunt

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m.-noon at Wa-Ke Hatchee Park, 16760 Bass Rd., Fort Myers

Admission is $5 per child ages 0-11.

For more information about this event, call Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center at 432-2154 or go online to leeparks.org.

Lake Kennedy Senior Center

The following events and programs held at Lake Kennedy Senior Center located at 400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Pre-registration is required for all shows.

n Tuesday night dancing with Erich from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost $5. Bring your own beverage,.

n Zumba now five days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. Cost $5 per member, $9 per non-member

n Yoga with instructor Eileen Coppola Mondays 1:15-2:15 and Thursday 2:30-3:30 p.m. Cost $5 per person members and $9 per person/non-member per-persons Tai Chi with Russ Cline Monday at 6 p.m. Comfortable clothing and footwear is recommended Cost $5 per-member per session, $9 per non-member per session

n Natural Golf with Joe Tranchida Wednesdays 1 p.m. and Thursday, 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and bring a driver, 6-iron, 9-iron and a putter. Cost $2 per member/$6 per non-member To register and for more information on any of the trips and classes call 574-0575.

Cape Coral Farmers Market

The Cape Coral Farmers Market is your Saturday destination for fresh locally grown produce, native plants,. Gulf-fresh seafood, just baked breads and pastries and much more.

The 2011-2012 season began and continues every Saturday until May 12. The market is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday with the area’s finest quality vendors, live music and entertainment and informative community presentations

Don’t miss the Antique and Craft Fair the first Saturday of every month at Club Square. Live Music-Dave Lapio on the Steel Drum- Caribbean and tropical inspired music and John Friday with his laid back Trop-Rock, alternating Saturdays.

Edison & Ford

Winter Estates

The Edison Ford and Captiva Cruises has resumed its Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

The cruise tour will provide a unique look at the Caloosahatchee River and its importance ecologically and culturally, a great view of the Edison Ford from the water, lunch at a private club and a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Ticket costs are: Edison Ford members $65 adults, $55 children (ages 12 and under); non members $75 adults, $65 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, lunch and tour of the Edison Ford. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300. Customized private tours can be scheduled for groups, departing from various locations any day of the week.

For more information contact Captiva Cruises (239) 472-5300.


The GreenMarket is held every Saturday at the Alliance from 8 a.m.-noon. Get local produce, seafood, honey and baked goods, as well as organic herbs and microgreens, live plants and gardening supplies, free-range eggs, soaps, jewelry and more. Visit: www.ArtinLee.org or call 030-2787.

Guided Walks

Lee County Conservation 20/20 is once again conducting guided walks at Prairie Pines Preserve on the first and third Saturdays of each month at 9 a.m., through April. The Preserve is at 28400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. Participants will meet at the parking lot kiosk. No special attire is required, but closed toed shoes, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent are always a good idea. For information, call 707-2206.

The stroll around a seasonal marsh will introduce participants to the birds, butterflies, plants and animals that call it home. Visit one small section of a 2,654-acre wilderness oasis that includes nature trails, wildlife observation areas and equestrian trails. Restroom facilities are available.