A scene from the Community Free Synagogue's 'PowerPoint Megillah' / Special to news-press.com
A close up of the mezuzah / Special to news-press.com
Bright Beginnings Early Learning School will hold a free Biggest Playdate Ever & Open House from 10 a.m.-noon today.
This event features bounce houses, face painting, demonstrations of the school's enrichment programs, a student concert, school tours.
Bright Beginnings is a ministry of Cypress Lake United Methodist Church and is committed to the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of children ages 2-5 at the school/church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, south Fort Myers. For details, call 433-2232.
• Purim, the Jewish festival also known as “The Feast of Esther,” will be celebrated on Friday at the Community Free Synagogue which meets at the Southwest Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.
After the congregation's weekly free Sabbath evening dinner at 6:30 p.m., as the Rabbi reads a hand-written scroll of the Megillah, the biblical Book of Esther. The reading will be accompanied by the synagogue's “PowerPoint Purim.” The traditional Purim sing-along will be led by the congregation's Shirat Hayam Musical Ensemble and a short Sabbath eve service will follow.
Traditional filled Purim pastry, home-baked hummentaschen, will be available during the coffee hour to follow.
• Abby Services In-Home Care for seniors partnered with New Hope Presbyterian Church to bring a free health and safety fair to residents from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at 3825 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers.
One of the main attractions is a free service, CarFit, developed by AAA and the AARP to help insure someone’s car fits them well and covers everything from proper seat placement and optimal mirror adjustments, to seat belt use and availability of adaptive devices.
This community oriented event includes screenings for blood pressure, oxygen, varicose veins, memory, and vision also will be available as well as information for advance directive planning, injury prevention, home health services, assisted living.
For details, call Jaimee Thompson at 590-0861, Jaimee@abbyservices.com
• The Jewish congregation of the Community Free Synagogue presented a mezuzah to the officers of the Tropical Lodge 56 and mounted it on the doorpost of the center, Southwest Florida Masonic Center, 10868 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers on Feb. 28.
A mezuzah is a small box containing a scroll with passages from the Torah's Book of Deuteronomy placed outside the entrance of a Jewish domicile and indicates those who occupy the premises obey the word of God.
The synagogue ordered this gift from Jerusalem. It’s made of the same stone quarried to build the ancient Temple, a central symbol of Freemasonry.
“We are thrilled to formally welcome our new friends of The Community Free Synagogue and truly cherish this sacred gift,” said Mark Smith, worshipful master of Tropical Lodge 56.
• The Theological Center in Naples celebrates its 16th annual Lenten Soup for the Soul 2014, a Luncheon Series for the Greater Naples Community “The Beatitudes” Matthew 5: 4-12 and will focus on issues facing the world.
You can join them from noon-1 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent for a simple meal and reflection offered by spiritual leaders in the community and, new this year, a brief Q&A on the topic of the day.
For details, call Rev. Sam Sewell, president of Theological Center in Naples, at 591-4565, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to tcnaples.blogspot.com/