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    There is a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach – don’t miss a thing! Check out the events listed here and be sure to pick up a copy of our SAND LIFE entertainment magazine with a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the beach, plus live music schedules for over 20 venues!

    SENIOR SOFTBALL 

    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field every TU and TH beginning TH Nov 2 through spring at 10am. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Ed 248-891-8848

    HOLIDAY BAZAAR

    Shell Point presents their annual Artists & Artisans Holiday Bazaar on FR & SA Nov 3 & 4 from 9am-2pm in the Village Church Auditorium. The bazaar features a large assortment of gift items for sale, including specialty holiday décor, paper crafts, handbags, jewelry, artwork, children’s items, books, wood sculptures, tasty treats and more. Cash or check only.

    BOAT TOURS TO MOUND KEY

    The Mound House hosts boat tours to Mound Key through April. The tour leaves port from Fish Tale Marina aboard the Estero Bay Express for an exclusive experience including a visit to the Mound House and then onto Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. Learn the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guest will disembark and hike the trails of Mound Key. Along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay. This trip requires walking over rough terrain. $55/person; Members $50. Reservations required. Call 239-765-0865 for reservations. Dates include Nov 3 from 12:30-3:45pm & Nov 13 from 8:30-11:45am; Also Jan 30, Feb 13 & 27; Mar 13 & 28, Apr 3.

    MORNING MEANDER

    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Nov 4 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.

    MONOFILAMENT MADNESS

    On SA Nov 4 from 8am-1pm, everyone is welcome to join in this effort to remove monofilament fishing line and other harmful debris from the mangrove areas of Lee County. Meet at the Mound House. Volunteers use boats, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and anything else that floats to retrieve fishing line and other litter from the back bay. Sign up at klcb.org

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is now open MO-SA 10am-3pm. Their Fall Member Show and the Summer Paint Group Show run through Nov 2 with free admission. On Nov 4 Pam Flaherty’s Solo Show, “Hollins, Horses, and Hanji” will open in Studio 2. A free reception will be held Nov 4 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Classes offered for both beginners and experienced artists in a variety of mediums during the season. Stop by the gallery to learn more, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.

    SHRIMP DINNER

    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Nov 4 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans & cornbread. Soda included. Beer and wine tickets available. $20/per person.

    BONSAI SHOW

    The Bonsai Society of SWFL will present its 36th annual Show & Sale on SA & SU Nov 4 & 5 at the Berne Davis Botanical Garden, 2166 Virginia Ave, Fort Myers, adjacent to the Edison Home. The Show will be open 10am-4pm and will include an exhibit of bonsai trees, demos of bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) techniques plus sales of bonsai and related materials and raffles. Admission and parking are free.

    CONCERT BAND

    The Bonita Springs Concert Band will open their 2017-2018 concert season on SU Nov 5 at 2pm in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs with exciting and patriotic music. Free concert. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show. bonitaspringsconcertband.com

    GARDEN CLUB

    The Estero Island Garden Club will meet MO Nov 6 at 9am at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, located at 175 Sterling Ave. Master Gardener Kathy White will discuss using color in gardens and containers to reflect your personality and using ergonomic gardening tools. All are welcome.

    CAR SHOW

    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Nov 6 from 5-8pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Have a great car? Get arrive early for parking and registration. Free to show; free to look. For more information visit MyParrotKey.com or call 239-463-3257.

    MEDICARE OPTIONS

    On TU Nov 7 at 10am learn about your Medicare options, how to save on Part D costs and be ready for open enrollment at a special presentation at Chapel by the Sea. SHINE counselors will be available to provide free, unbiased and confidential counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and those soon to be eligible. Free. RSVP to chapel@chapelbts.org or call 239-463-3173 x 20. Program courtesy of SWFL Area Agency on Aging.

    SHOREBIRDS

    Join the Friends of Lovers Key for a free Shorebird Lecture on WE Nov 8 from 11am-1pm at Lovers Key State Park in the Ranger Conference Room. Guest Speaker Adam DiNuovo is a Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida and has worked on seabird and shorebird research projects from coast to coast. Friendsofloverskey.org

    WAYBACK WEDNESDAYS

    Anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers are invited to attend Wayback Wednesdays on WE Nov 8 at the Knotty Bean Coffee Bar, 2801 Estero Blvd, from 2:30-4:30pm. Enjoy this safe haven to stay connected and have an enjoyable afternoon outing. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in a judgement free zone. Play checkers, chess or cards or just hang out. No purchase necessary. Way Back Wednesdays is held every other Weds. 239-233-8635

    CHAPEL CONCERT

    Chapel by the Sea kicks off their 2017-2018 Concert Series with the Wild Coffee Duo featuring Cellist Susie Kelly & Pianist Abbey Allison on TH Nov 9 at 7pm. Classically trained, they play jazz standards, pop songs and several varieties of world music. Free will offering.

    THOMAS PANDOLFI

    American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who brings passionate artistry and amazing technique to his performances. He will present a concert on TH Nov 9 at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room at Shell Point. Tickets $26. 239-454-2067.

    MUSIC FUNDRAISER

    Join the Music Foundation of SWFL for a fun fundraiser at Zoomers, 17455 Summerlin Rd, on FR Nov 10 from 6-9pm. Unlimited go-kart, rides and mini-golf all for $10. Funds go to replace the Fifth Grade Traveling Instrument Program in Lee County. Elementary schools, including Beach School, benefit from seeing, touching and playing these instruments each year as they rotate around the county, offering a great way to decide which instrument to play in Middle School and beyond. Music-foundation.org.

    SHELL POINT GOLF

    Southwest Florida golfers are invited to participate in the 14th annual Shell Point Open Charity Golf Tournament, on FR, Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the charity golf tournament will benefit the future Arts Center at Shell Point. Open to the public, the event includes breakfast, lunch, swag bags and prizes. Entry $150/player. To register call 239-466-8484 or visit www.shellpointgolf.com.

    BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS

    Experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Nov 11 at 10am. Meet on the beach. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your curiosity. Bunche is an excellent site to see migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Free with paid parking. 239-707-3015.

    VETERANS CAR SHOW COOKOUT

    The FMB Knights of Columbus will host a car show at Ascension Catholic Church on SA Nov 11 from 11am-1pm. Bring your car to show or just come to stroll the grounds to view awesome cars. No fees or admission. Veterans and First Responders eat free. Cookout proceeds benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. To reserve a car spot call 239-440-5511.

    WINE BENEFIT

    Matanzas on the Bay will present “Wine on the Waterfront” a fundraiser for Operation Open Arms on SA Nov. 11 from 5-8pm. Premier wine tastings from around the world, fresh seafood and other culinary delights, plus live entertainment by Sheena Brook. Tickets $100/person. Operation Open Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to the care and treatment of military personnel and veterans with PTSD, facilitating $13.6 million in direct benefits for over 3,400 US troops.

    MARK SANDERS

    Broadway National Touring & Recording Artist Mark Sanders returns to St. Columbkille Church Iona Hall, 12171 Iona Rd, Fort Myers, for a “Just Me” concert on MO Nov 13 at 7pm. He will present a mix of Broadway’s Best & Jazz standards. Tickets $20 donation, available at Parish Office or at the door. 239-489-3973.