After School Program, Island Hopper, Library Tour

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    LIBRARY TOUR

    Interested in learning more about the Fort Myers Beach Library environmentally sensitive construction? Sign up for a Library Tour offered on MO Aug 26 at 10:30am. Meet Liz Rhodes in the foyer for the tour. Call 239-765-8162 by SA Aug 24 to register.

     SWIM LESSONS

    Swim lessons at the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool are designed to teach participants lifelong swimming skills and provide training in basic water safety and how to help a swimmer in a distress. Each skill level learns specific skills. Swim lessons are intended to provide a positive learning experience so participants can enjoy the water safely. Fall swim lessons will be offered on WE from 2:30 – 3:30pm Aug 28 – Oct 9; or on Sunday from 11am-12:30pm Aug 25 – Oct 6. Call the pool for details 239-463-5759.The Beach Pool is open from 10am – 6pm every day until September. Fall hours begin September 1. Swim lesson rates are discounted due to the generous contributions of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club and their “Every Child a Swimmer” program.

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission.
    239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com

     YOUTH SOCCER

    It’s Soccer Season and registration is still open on a few Beach Soccer teams! Girls born in 2010 & 2011 are needed for the U10 girls team, as well as boys & girls born 2014 & 2015 for the U6 co-ed team. Practice is beginning this week, so sign up NOW at www.FMBSoccer.com. Registration $70. Coaches are also needed for some teams. If you can coach or assist, register at the above website. The younger teams practice at Bay Oaks with other teams practicing at the Kelly Road Soccer Complex. Teams typically practice twice a week and have one game each week. For more information email fmbsoccer@embarqmail.com

    FREE ALERTS

    Lee County property owners can sign up for a new free service to alert them of potential property fraud. Announced this week by Lee Clerk of Court Linda Doggett, Property Fraud Alerts emails notifications to subscribers within 48 hours whenever a lien, deed, mortgage or land record with their name on it has been recorded in the clerk’s official records. Documents filed in court proceedings not included. Property owners in Lee County are encouraged to go to LeeClerk.org/propertyfraud and register their name & email address. Whenever a document is registered in Lee County with your name, you will be alerted by email with a link to view the document. Common names may receive alerts pertaining to others with the same name. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of property fraud should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000.

    BAY OAKS

    Now that school has begun, the Bay Oaks After School program, Club Rec is in full swing. Club Rec is open school days from 2:15 – 6pm for children in grades K – 5. Cost per semester is $100/child for members or $135 /child for non-members. On days when school is out and it’s not a national holiday, Bay Oaks offers Fun Day from 7:30am – 6pm for ages 5 -13. Fee is $15/child. Call Bay Oaks for more information 239-765-4222.

    GRUB CLUB

    Bring your lunch and join the Grub Club at the picnic pavilion at Koreshan State Park and learn about a naturalist topic from a Florida Master Naturalist. On WE Aug 28 from 12-1pm, the topic is Gopher Tortoises, a fascinating ancient species. Fun to watch, but endangered. Learn about their behaviors, anatomy and fun facts. Get a chance to hold the shells of tortoises that lived in Koreshan State Park. On WE Sept 18 from 12-1pm, learn about Butterflies. Learn the difference between moths and butterflies, how butterflies develop, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging & more. Programs are free with park entry. Entry is $5 per vehicle with 2-8 occupants; $4 for a single occupant vehicle and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information call 239-992-0311. Koreshan State Park is at 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero.

    WATER AEROBICS

    Water aerobics is one of the most energizing forms of aerobics and can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking to kick start your fitness journey, increase flexibility and joint mobility, lose weight or just have some fun, water aerobics is the exercise for you! Offered at Bay Oaks Pool every MO, WE & FR at 9am. Cost for BORC member is $4, and non-member is $6.

    COASTAL CLEANUP

    The debris on our beaches and in our waterways is much more than a blemish on the environment, it is a public health threat and a serious danger to our ocean ecosystems. Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB) and the FMB Community Foundation invites everyone to help make a difference by participating in The International Coastal Cleanup on SA Sept 21 from 9am – noon. For Fort Myers Beach efforts, check in at FMB Elementary School, 2751 Oak St, FMB. Other local sites include Bunche Beach, Lovers Key State Park Event Field and Wyndham Garden Hotel. Visit KLCB.org to register or for more information.

    PUBLIC FORUM BOARD

    The South Florida Water management District (SFWMD) is accepting applications from members of the public interested in serving on the newly created Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) Public Forum group. The WARC Public Forum will be an open form with designated representatives from stakeholder groups such as agriculture, business, environmental groups, local governments, water utilities and public interest groups. Periodic meetings will give a balanced representation of the diverse perspectives and viewpoints on water resource issues. To learn more, visit bit.ly/SPwrac

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. Closed Labor Day, Sept. 2. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    MO Aug 26: 10:30am – Library Tour, pre-register

    WE Aug 28: 10:30am – Windows 10, pre-register

    TH Aug 29: 2:30pm – Family Matinee, “Paddington 2.

    FR Aug 30: 10:30am – Memory Improvement, pre-register

    MOUND HOUSE

    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 24: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am – Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm –  Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    TU Aug 27: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Aug 28: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour

    FR Aug 30: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Aug 31: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    ISLAND HOPPER

    The 6th annual Island Hopper Songwriters Fest has announced that Rodney Atkins will perform in a ticketed event on the final night of the festival, SU, Sept 29 at Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach. The Island Hopper is a 10-day festival that kicks off on Captiva Island Sept. 20 – 22, then moves to downtown Fort Myers Sept 23 – 26 and wraps up on Fort Myers Beach Sept 27 – 29. The fest provides a unique experience to interact with songwriters. More than 70 singer-songwriters will perform more than 100 shows. The vast majority of which are free. For more information, a complete schedule and tickets for ticketed events, download the Island Hopper app for iOS and Android from your app source.

    TURTLE LIGHTS

    Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. They must be LED bulbs. Amber LED lightbulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com.