Around & About the Island


    There’s always something to do on Fort Myers Beach! Pick up a copy of SAND LIFE today for a complete list of all the fun events on the beach! Available at Matanzas on the Bay, Topps, Charley’s Boathouse and the Sand Paper office. Also check inside the back cover of this issue of the Sand Paper for the most current listing of live music on the beach!


    The 29TH Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships continues this weekend at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6890 Estero Blvd. Open daily through Nov 29 from 10am-5pm with activities each day: sand sculpting lessons, live music, Quick Sand competitions and much more. The Master Doubles event and Florida State Championships (Advanced Amateurs) are this weekend with awards SU Nov 29.


    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. Upcoming events include:

    -Gift Shop Extravaganza TU Dec 1 from 10am-1pm 239-454-2290

    -Christmas with C.S. Lewis SU Dec 6 at 6:15pm, $10,239-454-2147

    -Christmas Lessons & Carols SU Dec 13 at 6:15pm, free, 239-454-2147

    -Holiday Pops on WE Dec 16 at 9:30am, free, 239-466-1131

    -Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on TH Dec 24 at 4:15pm and 7:15pm.


    The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 274 on Buttonwood Drive is looking for the names of servicemen/women serving in our armed services in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan, so that they can send them care packages. If you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or granddaughter serving, please drop off their name and address at the American Legion on Buttonwood Drive or call Sue Eaton (National Security Chairman) at 239-466-6256. You or they do not have to be a resident of Florida.


    The Paradise Coastmen will present their Christmas Concert TU, Dec 1 at 7pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The program by the popular 20-voice chorus will be a festive evening of holiday favorites in their four-part barbershop harmonies. Doors open at 6:30pm Admission free-donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach 239-463-4251.


    Islanders wanting a first look at the conceptual designs of a proposed downtown redevelopment are invited to attend a joint meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Town Council and the Lee County Board of Commissioners to be held MO Nov 30 from 1-4pm at Florida Southwestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Nursing Building (AA), Fort Myers. Interested parties are invited to attend, however, no public comment will be taken at the meeting. Additional meetings will be scheduled on Fort Myers Beach.


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

    MO Nov 30, 10:30am – Getting Started with eBooks; Drawing; 1:30pm – Writers Group

    TU Dec 1, 10:30am- Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

    WE Dec 2, 1:30pm – Android Devices for Beginners, pre-register

    TH Dec 3, 10:30am – Getting Started with your iPad/iPhone, pre-register

    FR Dec 4, 1:30pm – Death on FMB-Cyrus Teed


    The Friends of the Mound House (FOMH) will host a Fundraiser Christmas Luncheon at Noon on SA Dec 5 at South Beach Grill. Tickets $45/person. Cash bar. Small beautifully decorated artificial trees and wreaths will be for sale as well at Santa’s, mystery hat boxes and note cards, plus a raffle for a Beach Santa. Author, actress and orator Laurie Nienhaus, will present, “Moments to Remember.” All proceeds go to FOMH to provide educational funds. Tables may be reserved. For reservations call Ceel Spuhler 765-6472.


    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:

    FR DEC 4 – Shoreline Exploration Walk


    The first talk in a series of free Calusa Blueway-related programs will take place the first Tuesday of the month Dec-Mar at the Wa-Ke-Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. The first presentation will be offered Dec 1 from 6:30-8:30pm on Sharks of Southwest Florida by Joy Hazell of UF/IAFS Lee County Extension. 239-432-2154.


    Local beach author Mary Tatarian writing as Mariah Lynne, will be signing her new time-travel adventure, “Shadows Across Time” on SA Nov 28 from 10am-2pm at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Marina Plaza. Mariah Lynne’s other books include “The Love Gypsy,” “The Duchess’ Necklace and “Seabliss.”


    The Bonita Springs Concert Back will present a free concert on SU Dec 6 from 2-4pm in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs. The concert will include a wide variety of music in addition to some Christmas and Hanukkah favorites. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a Toys for Tots collection.


    Beach Baptist Farmers Market is open each WE from 9am-2pm through May. The market features fresh produce, huge fruit cups made to order, handmade bath and body products, photography, candles and handmade raffia hats, plus more. 160 Connecticut St.             239-289-3786


    Come out and support local businesses affected by road construction. Each Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce urges Islanders to participate in CASH MOB THURSDAY to support businesses in a different area of the construction zone. On TH, Dec 3 visit Hooters, Jenny’s Nails, Reese’s and Sunny Beach Rentals & Sales anytime between 11am and 7pm. Think Local, Shop Local, Buy Local, Join the Mob!


    Join the Ostego Bay Foundation for their Silent Auction, Fundraiser and Old-Fashioned Fish Fry on FR Dec 4 from 5-8pm at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café. Become a partner in local environmental education by supporting the Ostego Bay Foundation. For details call         239-765-8101


    Edison Ford Winter Estates kicks off its 40th anniversary celebration of Holiday Nights on Nov 27. The homes and grounds are decorated with thousands of lights and decorations. Tree lighting is at 6pm on Nov 27 with carolers, food and beverages. Tickets are $20/adult; $2 for children 6-12. Lee county residents receive discount on specific dates. Call for details 239-334-7419.


    20th Annual “We Ride for a Reason” Christmas Poker Run on SU Dec 13, sponsored by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation will begin at Junkanoo, 3040 Estero Blvd. on Registration at 10am, kickstands up at 11am. $20/bike + $10/additional rider or $30 seat on air-conditioned bus.


    FMB Community Foundation will host its annual Beach Ball Fundraiser at Diamondhead Resort on FR Jan 29, 2016 from 6-10pm! The Beach Ball has gone retro! Come as you were or who you wanted to be… Frank Torino as Special Guest DJ & Performer playing all the hits from the 50’s, 60’s 70’s to today. Tickets $70/person or $650/table of 10. For tickets call 239-765-9482 or email


    Chapel by the Sea will host a Voices of Naples concert under the direction of Dr. Douglas Renfroe on TH Dec 10 at 7pm. This holiday feast of choral music is free to the public. Free will offering accepted.