In celebration of Florida’s Arbor Day, the Town of Fort Myers Beach will host an Adopt-a-Tree event on FR Jan 17. Residents, FMB based business owners and non-profits are eligible to adopt a native tree at no cost. Choose either a Gumbo Limbo or Seagrape tree, each in 7-gallon containers. Trees must be planted within the Town of FMB on private property. A required application and placement guidelines are available on the town’s website: fmbgov.com. Proof of eligibility is required. Pick up will be FR, Jan 17 from 9am – noon at the Bay Oaks Rec Center parking lot near the Beach Pool.
MAIN STREET BAZAAR
Head to San Carlos Island for their Main Street Community and Business Bazaar on SA Jan 18 from 8am -1pm. Plenty of yard sales, tools, furniture, great food & more! Parking at Port Carlos Cove.
The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library will host a Book Sale on SA Jan 18 & SU Jan 19 from 9am – 2pm. Books, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s & more in this huge book sale.
This month’s sale will include small plants and delicious baked goods by the Estero Island Garden Club. Book Sales are also planned for Feb 15 & 16 and Mar 21 & 22.
PUTT & PUB CRAWL
Be on the lookout for goofy golf teams in downtown Fort Myers Beach this Saturday as the 10th Annual Putt & Pub Crawl will have golfers moving between 9 goofy golf holes between 10:30am and 4:30pm. Each hole has a local non-profit offering raffle tickets and beverage and food specials. This event sells out each year, but you can check to see if any space remains at 9am SA at Nervous Nellie’s (bring a check for $225) or by emailing email@example.com. Entry is $225/team.
The Ascension Knights of Columbus will host their annual ‘Right to Life’ Dinner Dance on SA Jan 18 at Ascension Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB. Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Side-by-Side. Tickets $30/person. Proceeds support the Immokalee Pregnancy Center. Doors open at 5:30pm. For tickets and more information call George 630-546-4801 or Jim 937-545-4751.
The free Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) It is open MO – SA from 10am -3pm. On exhibit now through Feb 6 is the Winter Open Juried & Judged “Not the Status Quo Show.” The Show Reception, Gallery Talk and Awards will be held on SU Jan 19 at 1pm with free admission. On TH Jan 23 at 5pm, the FMBAA will host a Student Scholarship fundraiser “Paint Around” where multiple artists each start a painting, then every 15 minutes the paintings are shifted to a new painter. Fundraiser admission is $20/person. Event includes raffles, appetizers and a cash bar. For more information on classes, workshops, show schedule and the activities of the FMBAA, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call
The Friends of Lovers Key will host their annual meeting on TU, Jan 21 at 6pm at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling Ave., FMB. Following a brief business meeting, Rachel Rainbolt, Outreach Director for The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) will present a program on gopher tortoises. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will hold its January meeting on WE, Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. The speaker, Adam Catasus, is a Marine Biologist from The Water Division of FGCU. Water quality is a critical topic on our island and anyone is welcome to attend by contacting Jan Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 12. The FMB Community Foundation, dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in FMB and surrounding communities, meets the 3rd WE; October – May. For more information, visit www.fortmyersbeachcf.com
BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS
On SA Jan 25 beginning at 8am, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is a great spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.
The Friends of the Beach Library will hold their annual meeting on MO Jan 27 at 5:30pm in the Library’s 3rd floor Community Room. Two local writers will speak at the meeting: Monica Lynn, author of “A Letter from Clarence O’Malley” and Mary Tatarian, author of “Love at First Flight.” All are welcome to attend.
The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club is offering two Audrey Grant Bridge Basics classes. Each class consists of four lessons and is limited to 8 students. Each series of classes costs $25 + the cost of the text. “Bridge Basics – An Introduction,” will be offered on MO 1:30 – 4:30pm from Jan 27 – Feb 17. This class will cover basic bidding and game play. A second class, “Competitive Bidding” will be offered on TU 2:30 – 5:30pm from Jan 28 – Feb 18. Participants in this class must have significant experience or have completed the Introduction class. All participants must have the appropriate text. Call, text or email Claire Langer to register and for text information. 239-292-1900; email@example.com
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will host a class on active shooter & personal safety on Jan 29 at 9:30am at Beach United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend. 239-463-9656.
FREE INVESTIGATOR SEMINAR
Learn how to uncover criminal records, property history and marriage status. Join Lee County Clerk Linda Doggett at the first of four scheduled seminars, “Be Your Own Investigator” on WE Jan 29 from 1:30 – 3:30pm at the Bonita Springs Public Library. 10560 Reynolds St, Bonita Springs. Doggett will show attendees how to search and view Lee County’s records. No registration required, but seating is first come, first served. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER BOATER NEEDED
Attention Early Birds! Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is looking for a dedicated volunteer boater to sample water quality in Estero Bay monthly as part of a long-term citizen science program, the Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network (http://bit.ly/2rQlhUX). This is a great opportunity to learn about water sampling and contribute to a long-term dataset used by natural resource managers throughout Florida. Requires initial training, sample from their own vessel at sunrise on the first Monday of each month, and attend biannual refresher trainings. All sampling equipment (other than the boat) is provided. Contact Rebecca at 239-530-1002 or Rebecca.Cray@floridadep.gov for more information.
DEEP SEA FISHING
Everyone is invited to go deep-sea fishing with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month on Captain Tony’s Fishing Express (9am-4:30pm) Call the St. Peter’s office for more information & reservations 239-463-4251. 3751 Estero Blvd, FMB.
VALENTINE’S DAY VOW RENEWAL
Friends of Lovers Key State Park will again host a Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal on FR Feb 14 on the beautiful beach at Lovers Key State Park. The non-denominational service will be offered at three times this year, 10am, 1pm and 4pm. Each service will offer married couples the chance to renew their vows, toast each other with champagne, enjoy a full meal, desserts, dancing, photo & more. Cost is $125/couple + Eventbrite handling fees. Guests $45 each. For tickets go to Eventbrite. For more information contact Flo Alexander 630-542-2435.
Get your tickets now for the Beach School PTO fundraiser, “High Rollin’” on SA Feb 22 from 6-10pm on the FMB Woman’s Club grounds. Tickets begin at $60 for general admission with VIP tables of 8 for $600. General admission tix offer $10K in “funny money”, appetizers, gaming, prizes & dancing with a cash bar. VIP tickets offer $15K in “funny money”, free champagne, table seating, valet parking and more. Don’t miss this fun gaming experience that benefits Beach Elementary School. Tickets at highrollinonthebeach.eventsmart.com
Attention all Mahjong players: Drop in Mahjong is offered every MO from 9am-noon through April at Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. AC & refreshments. Call Barbara Puffer for information. 203-494-2765 or 239-463-4543.
There is also a group that plays Thursdays at the Beach Library at 1:30pm in the 3rd floor Community Room. Bring your 2019 cards and sets if you have them. Beginners are welcome; instruction can be provided.