Around & About the Island

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    There’s always a lot happening 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!

     BLUEGRASS, BREW & BBQ

    The 3rd Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ will be celebrated at Matanzas on the Bay this SA, May 28 from 11am-1-pm. Live music by the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1-4pm and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5-8pm, kids face-painting and a $15 BBQ buffet from Noon-8pm. Proceeds support Operation Open Arms, a non-profit dedicated to the care and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans. Free parking and dockage.

     HOLIDAY CHANGES

    Trash, recycling and yard waste pick up on Fort Myers Beach will be delayed by one day the entire week of Memorial Day, May 30. LeeTran will not run bus or trolley service on Memorial Day, May 30th. All Town and County offices are closed Monday. Bay Oaks Rec Center is closed Monday but the Beach Pool is open regular hours 10am-6pm. Beginning June 1, the pool is open MO-SA 10am-6pm; SU noon-6pm.

     CONTRACTOR OPEN HOUSE

    Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dennis Boback and the Community Development staff will host a Contractors’ Open House at Town Hall on WE June 8 from 10am-12noon. This will be an informal discussion regarding the Town’s building permitting process.

    EDISON FORD

    Edison Ford Winter Estates is offering free admission to United States veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 30. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens and laboratory and museum. Vets also will receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items in the Museum store. Veterans must present a VA identification care or their DD214 papers. Active duty service members always receive free admission to the Estates. Edison Ford has joined Blue Star Museum and is now one of more than 2,000 museums that will offer free admission to active duty military from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Up to 5 family members may be admitted free. A Geneva Convention common access card (CAC) a DD 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD form 1173-1 ID card required.

    BEACH UNITED METHODIST

    Phase 2 of church renovation has begun and services are being held in the Fellowship Hall. Those attending the 10:30am Sunday service are asked to enter via the side door across form Beach School. The ramp at the rear door, with doorbell, provides easy access for walkers and wheelchairs. A Hymn Sing will be held at 10:15am prior to the 10:30 service. All are welcome. Beachunitedmethodist.org

    TARPON HUNTERS

    The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club will hold their monthly meeting on WED., June 1 at 7pm at Bonita Bills, under the sky bridge. The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club is a family orientated, fun club with about 100 members; they don’t take themselves or the pursuit of the “Silver Kings” very seriously. Several hunts scheduled for June/July. New members are always welcome. Email FMBTarponHunters@gmail.com for more information or visit fmbthc.com.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Beach Library is now open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Evening hours on Wednesday have been discontinued for the months of June and July. Beachcomber Books, the Friends of the Library’s bookstore located on the 3rd floor of the Library, now carries a selection of snacks and beverages, in addition to used and new books and local gifts. Beachcomber Books is open from 9:15am-4:45pm Monday-Friday during the summer months. Stop in and see what’s happening at the library!

    GET FIT AT BAY OAKS

    Bay Oaks Recreation Center is offering summer fitness programs in addition to their highly popular fitness center. Try Yoga to increase flexibility and movement on TU and TH from 9-10am. Body Sculpt, for those wanting a different kind of burn, will be back beginning June 13th and will be held on MO and WE from 9-10am. Both classes are beginner friendly and have a minimal fee. Become a member of Bay Oaks to save on these classes and many other programs. Call (239) 765-4222 with any questions.

    4th OF JULY PARADE

    The Town of FMB Parks & Rec Dept is accepting applications for the 10th annual 4th of July Parade. The parade will be held at 10am Monday, July 4th. The route will start at the corner of Bay Road and Estero Blvd and end at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Parade applications at Town Hall or Bay Oaks Rec Center, on the Town’s website or at BayOaksRec.org. 239-765-4222.

    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, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

    -TUE May 31: 9am-guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am and 1pm-History Meets Biology ($5/members free)

    -WED June 1: 1-3pm –Guided Museum Tours ($5/members free)

    -SAT June 4: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5/members free); 10am-Cool Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons ($5/members free)

    BEACH LIBRARY

    Library hours: MON-FRI 9am-5pm; SAT 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    MON May 30: Memorial Day-Library Closed

    TUE May 31: 1:30pm-Facebook & Twitter (pre-register)

    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 $10-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Preregistration required. Upcoming events include:

    -English History & Culture, Session 5 TUE May 31 at 4:30pm

    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Early Days & Colonization-THU June 2 at 4:30pm

    -History of the U.S. to 1815-French & Indian War-THU Jun 9 at 4:30pm

    -Concert-Stardust Memories Big Band-TUE June 14 at 7:30pm

    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Road to Independence-THU June 16 at 4:30pm

    -History of the U.S. to 1815-New Nation Emerges – THU June 23 at 4:30pm

    -History of the U.S. to 1815-Nation’s Early Days-THU June 30 at 4:30pm

     HIBISCUS SHOW

    The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will host their 65th annual Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale on SUN, June 5 from 1-4pm at Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers. This free show is the oldest, largest and best attended of all Florida’s hibiscus shows. More than 650 hybrid Hibiscus plants will be offered for sale. Free raffle tickets, free advice on plant care available. Parking and admission are free. The Hibiscus Society meets the second Sunday of each month from October-May. For more information visit www.hendrychapterAHS.com

    LIONS’ SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Fort Myers Beach Lions are soliciting candidates for their 2016 “WE SERVE” scholarships. Cash awards for college or vocational educational assistance are given to local students who demonstrate ability, need and a solid record of community service. Applications for this year’s students can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Lions Website: fmblions.com. Please make sure you receive an e-mail confirmation after you send in the application. All completed applications must be postmarked no later than June 10th, 2016.

    KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS

    High school seniors living in the 33931 zip code area planning to attend college or vocational school are invited to apply for a $2000 scholarship offered by the FMB Kiwanis Club. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, room & board at the vocational technical school, college or university of choice. Details and applications available at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org. Deadline July 15, 2016.

    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:

    TUE May 31-Beginning Birding