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    BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS
    Experience the beautiful birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Mar 12 at 7:30am. Bunche is an excellent beach to view both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Meet on the beach. Bunche Beach is located on John Morris Rd, off Summerlin Rd. Free with paid parking. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your love of nature. 239-707-3015.

    FORT MYERS WAR ROLE
    The Estero Island Historic Society invites the public to their final Public Meeting of the 2015-16 season on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7pm in the 3rd floor Community Room of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 2755 Estero Blvd. Hank Hendry will speak about Fort Myers and the role it played in the Indian Wars and Civil War here in Florida. Hendry has Fort Myers history in his blood. His great-great grandfather, Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry, attacked Fort Myers with his Confederate “Cow Cavalry” during the Battle of Fort Myers on Feb. 20, 1865. They withdrew after about a half-day of fighting during the southernmost land skirmish of the Civil War. Public meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Call EIHS at 239-463-0435 for details, or Fort Myers Beach Public Library at 239-765-8165.

    SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET
    This concert series concludes with a final concert on TU Mar 15 from 5:30-7:30pm at Lover’s Key State Park when 3 local musicians Ray Cerbone, Joe Virga and Melissa Welke will perform in a Songwriters at Sunset Concert. The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) joined with the Americana Community Music Association to offer free monthly Acoustic concerts this season. The concert is free with park entry. Seating available for the first 80 people. Refreshments available by donation benefitting FOLKS.

    AVE MARIA CONCERT
    The Ave Maria University Choir will perform at St. Peter Lutheran Church TH Mar 17 at 7:30pm. Part of the St. Peter Concert Series, the program by the acclaimed 30-voice choral group will include Inspirational, Americana, and Classical. Doors open at 7pm. Free-will offering. 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 239-463-4251.

    FRIENDS OF THE MOUND HOUSE
    The Friends of the Mound House will be holding its monthly meeting on FR, Mar 18 at 2pm at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Guest speakers will be Lana and Erik Petersen, long-term residents of FMB and friends of Jim and Ellie Newton, the original owners of Newton Park, formerly known as “Seven Seas.” The Petersen’s will be speaking about their memories of living here and being guests of the Newtons at “Seven Seas.” All are welcome.

    PET GARAGE SALE
    Support Find A Home, Give A Home by attending their huge Garage Sale on Mar 18-20 from 8am-2pm at 7879 Buccaneer Dr. Clothes, furniture, tools, boat and household items. You can still donate items or volunteer to help or bake. Call Jackie 239-851-3490.

    BOATING CLASSES
    The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron offers several boating classes at their classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. For more information on classes, times and registration, call 239-466-4040 or visit www.scbps.com Upcoming classes include: Local Waters/Local Charts, Mar 19 8:15am-12:30pm

    FASHION SHOW
    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will present their Spring Luncheon Fashion Show, “Friends, Fun & Fashion” on SA March 19 at 11am at South Beach Grille. Fashions by Local Color. Proceeds benefit local Beach projects and charities. Tickets $35. For more info and tickets, call 239-765-1723.

    NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET & BOAT SHOW
    The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will sponsor the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show from 9am-5pm FR Mar 18 – SU Mar 20 at Lovers Key State Park featuring nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment as well as boat dealers. Food available plus a beer garden. Suggested $5 donation to enter. Proceeds benefit FOLKS and the Rotary Club. Vendor space available. Loverskeynauticalmarket.com

    BOAT BARN CONCERTS
    The Friends of the Arts (FOA) Boat Barn Concert Series continues on TH, Mar 24, when the Jazz-Matics featuring Lynn Richardson take to the stage with a smooth jazz show you won’t soon forget. On TH, Apr 7 Jo List & Friends bring their popular show back to the Barn with Joe McConaghy on keyboards, singer/songwriter Michael Oakland on guitar, Bill Rountree on bass and vocals and percussionist Carveth Clauson. Tickets are $25/concert and are available now at the Fish Tale Marina office.

    MOUND HOUSE EVENTS
    Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs for local residents, visitors and school groups. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU-SA 9am-4pm through Apr 30th. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:
    -TU Mar 15, 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9:30-noon-Caloosa Carvers (free); 11am and 2pm-People of the Mound House ($5/members free); 4pm-Beach Nesting Birds ($5/members free)
    -WE Mar 16, 9:30am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.
    -SA Mar 19, 9:30am-noon- Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

    CLASSIC CAR CRUISE
    Like classic cars? Then you will love the 5th Annual Santini Marina Plaza Classic Car Cruise In & Snowbird Celebration on SA April 2. This fun day at Santini Plaza will include Corvette, Classic and Antique Divisions-come show off your car! The day will include a Fresh Market and 40 vendors featuring handmade and homegrown specialties plus the Restaurants of Santini and a DJ spinning tunes and dancin’ in the street! To register your car, contact Bonnie Roberts at 239-443-8810 or email bgrsgs@gmail.com or you can cruise on in and register on site.

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
    Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with the Island’s 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on TH Mar 17th! Festivities begin in Santini Marina Plaza at 8am at Castaway’s with bagpipes and live music. Parade entrants should report to the plaza parking lot at 8:30-9am. The parade begins at 10am and marches north to the Church of the Ascension and includes a Color Guard, civic, business and neighborhood groups, floats and musical bands. To participate, contact parade Chairman Ray Murphy 239-591-8803 or email raymurphy6@aol.com. Traffic will be stopped on Estero Boulevard from Santini Plaza to Ascension Church between 9:45 and 11:00 AM with assistance from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office so residents and visitors should plan ahead if they need to leave the island that morning.

    WOUNDED WARRIOR BIKE RIDE
    Residents of The Groves RV Resort invite everyone to join them on their monthly bike ride poker run to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior program. Their last ride of the season will be held on FR Mar 18. They ride about 10 miles with a few stops. Cost is $10/ride with half going to Wounded Warriors. For more information call Phil 616-481-1551 or Dick 603-355-7980.

    MOON WALK
    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct its monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on WE Mar 23 beginning at 7:10pm. Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers with candlelit lanterns as they guide you through the Preserve by the light of the moon. Adults only. Reservations required by calling 239-565-7437.

    SHELL POINT PRESENTS
    Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. Tickets range from $15-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Upcoming events include:
    -Alzheimer’s-Quest for a Cure TH Mar 17 at 2:15pm
    -Pianist Rachel Park SU Mar 27 at 6:15pm
    -Photo Show Mar 28-Apr 1