Around & About the Island

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    MARKETS STILL OPEN

    Our local fresh outdoor markets are open:

     

    Tuesdays 9am-1pm through the end of May – Santini Sunrise Fresh Market at Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd. FMB

     

    Wednesdays 9am-2pm through the end of May– Farmer’s Market, Beach Baptist Estero Blvd & Connecticut.

     

    Fridays 7:30-11:30am through the end of April—Farmers Market, Bay Oaks, FMB

     

    CUBA DINNER

    Beach United Methodist Church will host a dinner with featured speakers from Cuba, “Getting to Know Cuba with Pam, Mirille and Maguel” pm SA Apr 9 at 6pm at Beach UMC. The program will also include stories in song by a quartet from the Spirit of the Gulf Sweet Adelines. This event is open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 239-463-9656 or 239-437-9790 ASAP if you would like to attend. Free will offering.

     

    FOOD DRIVE

    The 24th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive will be held SA May 14. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Any visitors heading north before then are asked to drop their food off in the lobby of the FMB Post Office, where a table has been designated for donations. Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort the food. If you can help contact Tanya Phillips at the Harry Chapin Food Bank 239-334-7007 or Kim Berghs at United Way 239-433-2000 x260

     

    BEACH LIBRARY

    Library hours: MO, TU, TH & FR 9am-5pm; WE 9am-7pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    MO Apr 11: 10:30am-Windows 10 (pre-register)

    TU Apr 12: 1:30pm-Personal Safety

    WE Apr 13: 9am-1pm – Quilting 1:30pm-Afternoon Movie, “Wondrous Boccaccio”

    TH Apr 14: 10:30am-Goiong Further with your iPad/iPhone (pre-register)

    FR Apr 15 1:30pm-Wordstock

     

    BOOK SIGNING

    On April 9th from 10-1 at Annette’s Book Nook (7505 Ester Blvd) meet some authors from the Southwest Florida Romance Writers. Marisa Cleveland will have copies of her books including “Blurring The Lines,” Sonja Gunter will be signing copies of  “I Don’t Want to be Married” and along with fort Myers Beach’s own author Mary Tatarian they will have copies of their group’s anthologies. Stop in and meet some of Florida’s best romance writers.

     

    DINING BOOK

    The 2016 “Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts” book (aka the Little Blue Book) from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands (GTTI) is now available for only $25. The book offers a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) dining discount at 64 restaurants throughout the county. Most of the off-season discounts are valid April 15 – November 15, 2016. Proceeds from the book support annual projects such as Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Healthy Start Southwest Florida, Human Trafficking Awareness Program, United Way Reading Program, and World Atlas books for all third or fourth graders in two local elementary schools.

     

    This year alone there are 19 newcomers to the book. The book boasts 13 waterfront-dining locations from Bonita Beach to North Ft. Myers, including 7 on Fort Myers Beach. From Marker 92 and Buon Appetito in Cape Coral, to Bistro 41 and Il Pomodoro in Fort Myers to perennial beach favorites Doc Ford’s and Matanzas on the Bay an first-timer The Fish Monger, there is something to please everyone’s taste buds. The books are available at many different locations, including Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Thrift stores, Pack & Ship, The UPS Store and Gavin’s Ace Hardware. For more information email KiwanisGTTI.Dining@gmail.com or call 239-218-5768.

     

    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:

    TU Apr 12 – Fishing Clinic

    TH Apr 14 – Beginning Butterflies; Black Island Bike Tour

    FR Apr 15 – Walk on the Wild Side

     

    TASTE OF THE BEACH

    Mark Sunday, May 1, 2016 on your calendar – The 21st Annual Taste of the Beach will bring tasty treats and fun times to San Carlos Blvd as over 16 local restaurants compete for Best of the Beach honors from 11am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Food tickets are $1 each with the average plate $5. Volunteers are needed for set up, event help and cleanup. Call Rhonda if you can help out. 239-454-7500.

     

    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 fmbfilmfest@gmail.com or see www.fmbfilmfest.com for more information.

     

    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.

     

    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 Apr 12: 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 11am and 2pm-Shells of our Shores ($5/members free)

    -WE Apr 13 & SA Apr 16: 9:30am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

     

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is open 7 days a week at Donora & Shell Mound, behind Fire Station 31. Their GPS address is 3030 Shell Mound Blvd. Hours: 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. The Student Exhibit will run April 9-13. On SU Apr 10th a reception will be held from 3-5pm. All art lovers are invited to attend as student winners will be announced and awards presented. Summer hours at the Gallery will begin April 18th. Summer hours: WE & TH 9am-noon. Stop by and see what amazing artists live in our midst. Visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.

     

    SONGWRITING CONTEST

    Organizers of the inaugural Mother’s Day/Mother Earth Rhythm of the Island Festival, to be held Saturday, May 7th are seeking original songs about our Island. The festival is a celebration of our island and original, never-recorded songs are eligible. Songwriters are asked to email an MP3 version of the song, sung by the songwriter, before April 21 to MRTFFMB@gmail.com. Use the same email for more information on the contest.