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    BOOK SALE

    The Friends of the Beach Library are planning their last book sale of the season on SA Mar 19 from 9:15am-12:30pm in the shade of the parking garage. Volunteers are still needed to assist with packing books up after the sale on Nov 19. Call 239-765-8162 to volunteer.

     

    LAUGHTER YOGA

    This popular and fun and free morning class meets each Friday. Lift your mood and laugh away your stress every FR at 8am at Lynn Hall Park. Join others in simple rhythmic clapping, mild stretching, deep breathing and laughter exercises just for the health of it. No yoga experience needed. Bring a beach towel. Free with paid parking. For information see laughteryogawithmegscott.com

     

    WATERFRONT TOURS

    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry. $15/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.

     

    FILM FESTIVAL

    The 10th annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 20-24, 2016. The festival will be screening previous winners, newly released films and a few sneak peeks at films that will be released in 2017. Any individual or business interested in being a sponsor is invited to contact janeen@fmbfilmfest.com. The Film Festival is also looking for a few volunteers to help with everything from Opening Ceremonies to ticket sales for this 5-day event. If you can help, email cmandel930@gmail.com

     

    SUNDOWN SING ALONG

    Come to Bowditch Point Park on any Thursday at 5pm through the end of March for a Sundown Sing Along. Acoustically led classics from the 60’s – Beatles, Eagles, Motown and more. Bring a chair and enjoy some familiar songs and a spectacular sunset. Meet on the deck near the parking lot. Free with paid parking. For more information, call 239-533-7275 or visit www.LeeParks.org.

     

    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 from 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

     

    CAR SHOW

    The Caribbean Car Show will be held two Monday’s in March and April. Cruise on over to Salty Sam’s on MO 21st and Apr 4th and 18th from 5-7pm. The show includes hot rods, custom trucks and classic cars. Free and open to the public. 239-463-3257.

     

    CIVIC ASSOCIATION

    The next meeting of the Beach Area Civic Association will be TU, Mar 22 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s. All are welcome.

     

    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.

     

    CHAPEL BY THE SEA

    All are welcome to the Chapel by the Sea Annual Easter Party on SA Mar 26th at 10am. Open to children ages 2-5th grade with games, crafts, egg-dying and an Easter Egg Hunt. On Easter Sunday Chapel by the Se will offer an Easter brunch served between the 8and 10 am services, with an Easter Hat Parade after the 10am service.

     

    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.

     

    BEACH BAPTIST

    Beach Baptist will offer kids activities on Easter Sunday beginning at 10:30am. A Church Bazaar will be held at Beach Baptist on SA, Apr 9 from 9am-2pm.

     

    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.

     

    HEALTH & HARMONY

    AHA! A Holistic Approach, Center for Health & Harmony offers several upcoming classes. Zentangle-Mar 21 at 10am; Intro to Iyengar Yoga –Tuesdays at 5:30pm starting Mar 29; Beginner Self Defense TU at 6:30pm starting April 5; EFT for Relationships- TU at 11am starting Apr. 5. Iyengar Restorative Sequence-Apr 9 at 1pm; Sound Healing Concert-Apr 15 at 7pm. For more information and costs call 239-433-5995.

     

    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:

    -SA Mar 19, 9:30am-noon- Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

    -TU Mar 22, 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 11am and 2pm-Food, Fortunes, Medicines and Poisons ($5/members free)

    -WE Mar 23, 9:30am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

     

    HISTORIC COTTAGE

    Estero Island Historic Society offers free Open House tours each WE and SA from 10am-12 noon. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Turn at the Library.

     

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is now open 7 days a week at Donora & Shellmound, behind Fire Station 31. MO-SA 10am-3pm; SU Noon-3pm. The Fort Myers Beach Art Association is a long-standing, member-operated not-for-profit art association. New members are always welcome. The Gallery is open to all with free admission. Stop by and see what amazing artists live in our midst. Classes offered for both beginners and experienced artists in a variety of mediums. Stop by the gallery to learn more, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.