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Caloosa Clown Alley brings childhood memories to life

January 23, 2013
By Kathy Jones ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Among fond childhood memories is often being delighted by clowns at circuses and county fairs.

Bring your childhood memories into the present and be delighted by the Caloosa Clown Alley group.

The Caloosa Clowns are members of the Clowns of America International.

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Local members of Caloosa Clown Alley.

"We were the 97th group to sign up," said Ken Sheets, Southeast Regional VP of COAI. "Our goals are to share, educate, and act as a gathering place for serious-minded amateurs, semiprofessionals, and professional clowns, but we love to have the public come and just enjoy the fun."

Among the activities the group participates in are marching each year in the children's and main parade of the Edison Festival of Lights.

Visits to children in area hospitals as well as seniors in nursing homes are also part of the group's agenda.

"Visiting the children is particularly rewarding," said Sheets. "If we can alleviate their pain or fear for just a little while, we have to do it."

The group meets the second Thursday of each month at Lee Memorial Hospital.

"There is a short business meeting and then presentations on various elements of clowning such as magic, face painting or juggling are held followed by opportunities to clown around," Sheets said.

While there is an annual dues fee of $15, the public is welcome to attend one or two meetings to learn about the group.

For more information call Kent Sheets at 795-8881 or email .



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