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    Lots to do here on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events. Pick up a copy of our monthly SAND LIFE magazine also for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!

    MORNING MEANDER

    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA Apr 2 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call         239-533-7580.

    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 from 9am-2pm. 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.

    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: America’s Boating Course, April 2 & 9 from 8:15am-12:30pm.

    CRUISER APPRECIATION DAY

    The Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee in cooperation with Matanzas on the Bay invites the general public and all mooring field patrons to celebrate the 9th Annual Cruiser ‘s Appreciation Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from noon to 3:00pm in the Matanzas on the Bay parking lot. The event will feature free admission for all, barbeque, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes, giveaways and friendly island hospitality. This year’s menu items include Black Angus Cheeseburgers, BBQ Smoked Pork Sliders and Dave’s Dockside pizza.

    SHRIMP DINNER

    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at this last monthly Shrimp Dinner of the season offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Apr 2 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beverage and dessert. $20/per person.

    CAR SHOW

    The Caribbean Car Show will be held two Monday’s in April. Cruise on over to Salty Sam’s on 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.

    HISTORY MEETS BIOLOGY

    Learn about the complex relationship spanning over 2,000 years of human interaction with the tremendous natural resources of the Estero Bay estuary in this educational program offered at the Mound House on TU Apr 5 at 11am and 2pm. Learn what an important role the coastal environment was to the Calusa Indians, Cuban fisherfolk, pioneers and scientists who lived at the Mound House. Cost $5/members free. 239-765-0865.

    AUTHOR TALK

    Denege Patterson, author and researcher, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of Lakes Library meeting on FR April 8 at 1pm at the Library. Ms. Patterson has written several books and is currently associated with the Randall Research Center on Pine Island. A book signing will follow the discussion. Everyone is welcome at this free program. Lakes Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.

    FMB MINI MASTERS

    You too can become a legend on Fort Myers Beach! The 4th annual ‘Mini’ Masters Golf Tournament returns to Jungle Golf, 17710 San Carlos Blvd. on TU, April 19 with the first tee time at 4pm. More fun than a barrel of monkeys with prizes, raffles and even mulligans. Open to the public as players or members of the gallery. Cost is $240/team or $5 for gallery tickets. Only 18 teams with 8 players/team, so register early! Jungle survivors will celebrate at the 19th hole at Pinchers Crab Shack. Trophies awarded, plus a secret hole in one prize. Register at fortmyersbeachminimasters.com.

    BUNCHE BEACH ROADWORK

    Visitors to Bunche Beach will see some roadwork to improve drainage on the road on MO Apr 11 and TU Apr 12. Visitors will be able to use the parking lot by the preserve restroom and use the pedestrian walkway to the beach. Beachfront parking will be closed during the roadwork. Bunche Beach’s two paddlecraft launches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, the boardwalk and restrooms will not be effected by the road closure.

    FILM FESTIVAL

    The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 20-24 and will celebrate their 10th year with a special retrospective of films from past festivals mixed with some exciting new ones. Opening ceremonies will be held WE April 20 at 2:30pm at the Beach Theater. Film screenings will be offered all day WE-SU. Two workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday. The Awards Ceremony will be at 2pm Sunday, April 24, followed immediately by screenings of the winning films. Volunteers are still needed. Email cmandel930@gmail.com for more information, see www.fmbfilmfest.com

    LOVERS KEY STATE PARK

    Guided nature programs are offered in the park. All programs require registration, are free with park entry and take place at 10am. To register call 239-463-4588. Upcoming programs include:

    WE Apr 6 – A Walk on the Wild Side

    FR Apr 8 – Sea Turtle Talk

    BIKE NIGHT

    Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque will host a Bike Night from 5-9pm on SA April 16th. All motorcyclists are invited to attend and participate in biker games with prizes. Live music, food and drink specials.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Volunteers are needed for the 21st Annual Taste of the Beach on SU, May 1, 2016. Shifts are from 10:30am-1:30pm or 1:30-4pm for admissions, ticket sales, water sales and trash pickup. Set up help from 9am-10:30am and cleanup help from 4:30-6pm is also needed. Volunteers receive free admission, 10 complimentary food tickets, free water and the chance to meet and work with fun and interesting people. To volunteer, call Rhonda at 239-454-7500 or email Rhonda@fmbchamber.com

    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:

    -Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein TU Apr 5 at 7:30pm

    -A Cappella Concert FR Apr 15 at 7:15pm

    -Tenore, Men’s Trio SU Apr 17 at 6:15pm

    BIZ DAMAGE SURVEY-LAKE O DISCHARGES

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is asking that any business suffering economic loss as a result of the frequent discharges of harmful water from Lake O by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, take the time to fill out a survey of those losses. Businesses in Lee, Martin and St. Lucie counties are invited to participate. Survey results will be shared with state and local agencies to expedite disaster relief programs for affected businesses. To access the survey go to bit.ly/BizDamageLakeO

    LIFE ALONG THE SHORE WALKS

    Lee County Parks & Recreation has announced that the free Life Along the Shore walk, held on Mondays from 9:30-11am at Bunche Beach will continue through April. Led by trained Volunteer Interpretive Naturalists, the walks explore the shoreline of the San Carlos Bay ecosystem and learn more about the shorebirds, shells, animals and plants native to this diverse preserve. Bring water, bug spray, binoculars and camera. Parking is $2 per hour.

    FREE GUIDED BEACH WALKS

    Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore every TU at 9am. Participants meet at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd. Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Tours ~ 1 hour, weather permitting. 239-765-0865