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Decorative artists exhibit, author Jacobs and many programs at Cape Coral Library in October

October 6, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On exhibit in the library art gallery Sept. 30 until Oct. 31

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library and are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The latest shows will be available for viewing during library business hours until Oct. 31. For information, call 239-258-2991 or

The Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida October display at the Cape Coral Library has been eagerly anticipated each year. The artists, who annually create a brand new supply of exciting pieces to show on the walls and in the cases, are local members of the international Society of Decorative Painters. Their objective is to promote the art of painting for those desiring to work in a variety of mediums. They welcome people of all ages and all levels of ability from newcomers with no experience to the accomplished artist. For more information about the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida, their membership application process, meeting schedules, projects and seminars, visit The website also shows various samples of beautiful painted items created by their members that may include furniture, trays, wall pictures, serving pieces and much more. Better yet, stop by the Cape Coral Library in October to view the artwork in person!

Free author event of interest for adults

n Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. - Author Timothy Jacobs will discuss his book "H. E. Heitman: An Early Entrepreneur of Fort Myers, Florida," which details the life of the man who built downtown Fort Myers. From his arrival in 1888 until his untimely death at age 49 in 1922, Heitman built most of First Street in the now historic district of Fort Myers. Jacobs will illustrate life in Fort Myers at the turn of the 20th century, the many businesses of Heitman, and his not-so-business-like behavior at times.

More free programs for adults

n Tuesdays (Oct. 10, 17, 24) at 9:30 a.m. - It's All About You: Manage Your Chronic Health Condition. This is a free research-based chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. Learn to live with a chronic health condition, more easily manage medications, understand benefits of exercise and make smarter decisions related to healthy eating. Presented by Lee Health.

n Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. - Navigating the Medicare Maze: Every year, Medicare's open enrollment period is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year - such as costs, coverage and which providers and pharmacies are included in networks. Thus, the time between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Alison Free will present this program to illustrate the importance of this decision making process for both new and current Medicare recipients.

n Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. - Shinto and Zen Buddhism behind Japanese Arts: Lecture and then Calligraphy Workshop. Traditional Japanese arts (dance, theatre, tea ceremony and calligraphy, to name a few, are manifestations of Shinto and Zen philosophies that are the backbone of Japanese culture. Surapsari, a Japanese native and accomplished performing artist, will introduce participants to the Shinto and Zen principles through various Japanese art forms. Following Surapsari's PowerPoint presentation, participants may try Japanese Calligraphy in the workshop that follows at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral library. Supplies are limited; registration is required. Register on-line at or at Cape Coral Library.

n Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.. Japanese Calligraphy Workshop. The word "Shodo" (calligraphy in Japanese) consists of two Chinese characters; sho (writing) and do (way). Calligraphy is more than writing words with a brush pen and ink. It is a way to reach quiet mind through the art of writing. When we create each stroke with breath and mindfulness, we feel silence and peace deep within. This workshop aims to touch the essence of Japanese calligraphy rather than teaching calligraphy skills. Participants will learn about the history of calligraphy and hear anecdotes about shodo masters, as well as acquiring the basic knowledge of Japanese alphabets. Participants will also try writing with a brush pen and ink with Zen mind. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. ?Supplies are limited, registration required. Register on-line at or at Cape Coral Library.

n Monday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. - Community Classroom: Protect Against Breast Cancer. The National Cancer Institute states that about 227,000 women in the U. S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and about 40,000 women will die from it. Discussion will include common risk factors and prevention. Register online at or at Cape Coral Library.

n Thursday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. - State of Florida Long Term Ombudsman Program: The mission of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is to improve the quality of life for all Florida long-term care residents by advocating for and protecting their health, safety, welfare, and rights. ?An ombudsman is an advocate for people who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Ongoing Programs for Adults

n Mondays at 2 p.m. (Oct. 9, 23, 30) but at 3 p.m. (on Oct.16) - Craft Corner: Knitting & Crocheting. A casual self-guided group of knitters and crocheters share ideas, techniques and patterns. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27) - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Adults have found this childhood activity to be a refreshing way to release creativity, relieve stress and meet other participants. Materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Another free program for adults

and also open to teens

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Free program for kids

n Monday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. - Fall Craft Program.: Enjoy a holiday story followed by a craft. On-line registration requested. Visit

Ongoing free programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at for dates and times of Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales and Baby Rhyme Time at the Cape Coral Library or pick up a flyer at the library.

Library Hours and General Information

The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace in Cape Coral. Visit the Lee County Library System website at for more information about programs or call the Cape Coral Library at (239) 533-4500 to register for one being held at this location. A sign language interpreter is available with 5 days notice to library staff.

About the Friends of the Cape Coral Library

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization that raises funds through book sales, membership dues, etc., to purchase goods and services that cannot be included in the County Library budget and to provide enhancements to the library experience. The book sales are major fundraisers and are held each April and November. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sales are accepted all year round. Small quantities can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends' book sale. For large donations (request a receipt, since they're tax deductible), you can have books picked up at your home by calling the Friends' hotline at 239-349-2572. Please visit for additional information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Monica Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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