More schools and bus stops added as Grab & Go distribution sites

More schools and bus stops added as Grab & Go distribution sites

In order to meet the continued demand for Grab & Go meals, the School District of Lee County is once again expanding distribution sites.  Three more schools and two new bus stops will begin providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old or younger on Monday, April 27. The three new schools are:  Trafalgar Elementary School and Caloosa Middle School in the West Zone, and Three Oaks.

Fort Myers opens city park trails today

Fort Myers opens city park trails today

The City of Fort Myers will begin limited reopening of trails on Wednesday, April 22. Continued observance of social distancing recommendations and adherence to Centers for Disease Control precautions should be followed when using these public amenities. The reopening includes the North Colonial Yarbrough Linear Park and the Billy Creek Preserve and Filter Marsh trails. Parking lots remain closed. Many other city facilities are still closed, including other city parks,.

Cape Coral launches virtual home recreation web pages

Cape Coral launches virtual home recreation web pages

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department has announced the launch of a new “Virtual/Home Recreation” section within the department’s website. Content includes a variety of recreational activities that people can do at home or in their own neighborhood while practicing safe social distancing. “Although the recreation centers are currently closed, staff has been busy developing fun and safe alternatives the public can try at home,” said Parks and.

Lee County to open park trails April 22; beaches remain closed

Lee County to open park trails April 22; beaches remain closed

Because of continued voluntary compliance and the community’s greater awareness for Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the county announced Tuesday limited re-openings of trails and some services.  Some Lee County Parks & Recreation trails will reopen Wednesday, April 22, with staff on site to help encourage social distancing. Residents will now be able to use JY Linear Park and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in south Fort Myers as well.

Free online learn to sail course available

Free online learn to sail course available

Offshore Sailing School founders Steve and Doris Colgate collaborated with the BoatUS Foundation in 2013 to create a comprehensive Online Learn to Sail Course for beginner sailors. Complete with animation and the ability to start, pause and resume, this course offers great preparation for an on-water certification course; and is a great refresher for experienced sailors too. Normally a $39 value, the Online Learn to Sail Course is now available.

Cape Coral Parks & Rec to host “Safer Way Virtual 5K” April 24 – May 4

Cape Coral Parks & Rec to host “Safer Way Virtual 5K” April 24 – May 4

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the “Safer Way Virtual 5K” from Friday, April 24 through Monday, May 4. The goal is to raise money to help local healthcare workers fight COVID-19 while providing members of the community an opportunity to stay active, participate in an event, and be part of the fight. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Lee Health.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program provides vaccines to infants in SW Florida

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program provides vaccines to infants in SW Florida

Due to COVID-19, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program is operating a little differently these days. The 40’ mobile units are temporarily providing important first-year vaccines, which will put new mothers at ease that their newborns will not miss their vaccines.  In Collier County, the Care Mobile can be found outside Healthcare Network’s Pediatric office in Immokalee, Monday – Thursday. In Lee County, Family Health Centers is providing the immunizations outside.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides free classroom resources

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides free classroom resources

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay understands the need for turnkey, engaging activities is greater now more than ever.   The park has developed standards-aligned resources available now to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12.  Parents, students and teachers can explore hands-on, creative resources including Classroom Activities, Teacher’s Guides, Saving a Species Video Series, Animal Bytes and Animal Info Books.  Busch Gardens distance learning resources can.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida launches virtual learning programs

Conservancy of Southwest Florida launches virtual learning programs

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples has launched virtual learning opportunities to connect audiences of all ages with information and resources about the region’s wildlife and coastal habitat. The Conservancy Nature Center, a top destination for school field trips and educational outings for families, is temporarily closed to the public to help control the spread of coronavirus. However, Nature Center staff continue to promote the nonprofit’s mission of protecting.

IMAG offers virtual birthday parties

IMAG offers virtual birthday parties

Birthdays are always a time of celebration with birthday cards, gifts, cake, and parties, even if the Birthday Party is virtual!  The IMAG History & Science Center announces its new Virtual Birthday Parties, giving your birthday child and 15 party guests a fun, unique, and very exciting experience using Zoom for your video and audio party connection.  IMAG is bringing the history and science center to your birthday party and.

Grab and Go meal distribution changes for Easter

Grab and Go meal distribution changes for Easter

The School District of Lee County is committed to continue offering Grab & Go meals during the current unanticipated closure.  The following changes are being made for the Easter Weekend when schools are not in session for the holiday: Distribution sites will be closed on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 Families will pick up meals for Thursday, Friday and Monday on Thursday, April 9 Instructions for storage and.

Kids’ Minds Matter launches Mental Health Mondays starting April 6

Kids’ Minds Matter launches Mental Health Mondays starting April 6

Beginning Monday, April 6 at 4 p.m., Kids’ Minds Matter will host “Mental Health Mondays,” a virtual series on Facebook.com/KidsMindsMatter, that connects Lee Health partners and Southwest Florida mental health advocates with the region’s families to share expert advice, resources, as well as at-home activities for kids. The segments, which are less than an hour, will feature psychologists, therapists, physicians, child advocates as well as other art, mind and body professionals to help caregivers with.

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