Around & About the Island

    174

     

    KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP

    It’s time for Kindergarten roundup at Beach Elementary! All entering kindergarteners are invited to come to Beach School on WE May 4 at 10am with their parent or someone special. They will be given a tour of their new school, some buddy time with current kindergarten students, a FREE lunch for everyone in the Dolphin cafeteria and playground time with their new friends until 11:30am. Parents are asked to bring the following: original birth certificate, current school physical form (dated after 8/10/15), social security card if available, FL immunization card, proof of address, proof of custody and a driver’s license. Attendees are asked to notify Mrs. Renee or Mrs. Amy 463-6356.

     

    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

     

    NINA & PINTA

    Replicas of the historic Columbus ships, the Nina and the Pinta will be docked at the Marina at Edison Ford from WE Apr 21 to WE Apr 27th. The ships tour together as a “sailing museum’ to educate on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and early explorers to discover the world. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the 15th century. The Nina was built completely by hand and without power tools. The public is invited for walk-aboard, self-guided tours from 9am-6pm. No reservations are necessary. Admission is $8/adults; $7/seniors and $6 students 5-16.

     

    SANTINI SUNRISE MARKET

    The Santini Sunrise Tuesday Fresh Market will continue each Tuesday through the end of May at Santini Marina Plaza. This weekly market offers fresh local veggies, fruits, baked goods, Bonez BBQ and hand made crafts and jewelry. Tasty treats by Francesco’s, Truly Scrumptious and Skye’s. Open from 9am-1pm. Open each Tuesday through the end of May.

     

    CAR SHOW

    The last Caribbean Car Show will be held Monday April 18th from 5-7pm at Salty Sam’s. The show includes hot rods, custom trucks and classic cars. Free and open to the public. 239-463-3257.

     

    BEACH LIBRARY

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

    MO Apr 18: 10:30am-Our Universe

    TU Apr 19: 10:30am-Book Discussion, “2AM at the Cat’s Pajamas” by Bertino; 1:30pm Getting started with eBooks (pre-register.)

    WE Apr 20: 1:30pm-Relaxation techniques

    TH Apr 21: 10:30am-Apps for iPad/iPhone (pre-register)

    FR Apr 22 10:30am Network Security (pre-register); 1:30pm Stories about FMB

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

    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 19 – Fishing Clinic; Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

    FR Apr 22 – Art of the Calusa

     

    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 19: 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9:30-noon-Caloosa Carvers Demo FREE; 11am and 2pm-History of the Mound House ($5/members free)

    -WE Apr 20: 9:30am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco Tour ($45/members $15) reservations req.

     

    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.

     

    SUMMER CAMP

    Ostego Bay Marine Science Center has announced its 2016 Summer Camp. Held in June and July at the Marine Science Center for ages 6-15, the camps are taught by state certified teachers who lead campers on boat and beach trips, teach about sea grass communities, plankton populations, mangrove tangles and bird nesting areas. Camps fill quickly, so register early at www.ostegobay.org or 239-765-8101.

     

    MASTER NATURALIST-COASTAL

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will sponsor a Coastal Module of the Florida master naturalist Program this fall. The program will have six class sessions on Tuesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 22. The program will include class sessions, presentations and field trips. Field trips will include the Lovers’ Key Beach, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Bunche Beach Bird Walk, Mound Key and the Estero Bay Buffer Preserve. Three scientists will lecture on subjects including beach dynamics, sea level rise and the formation of barrier islands. Classes will be held at Newton House on Fort Myer Beach. Registration $230/ Class limited to 20To register, visit the Florida Master Naturalist Program website, bit.ly/FMBnaturalist. For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437

     

    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.

     

    DINING DISCOUNT BOOK

    The 2015 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOG (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 64 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office or Roxie, Gavin’s Ace Hardware or the UPS Store.

     

    LIFE ALONG THE SHORE WALK

    Each Monday from 9:30-11am through April 25th, explore the shoreline along San Carlos Bay and learn more about the shorebirds, shells, animals and plants native to Bunche Beach Preserve. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes that can get wet. Bring water, binoculars, bug spray and camera. 18201 John Morris Rd. Free with paid parking.