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    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! Also check inside the back cover of this issue of the Sand Paper for the most current listing of live music on the beach!

     HOLIDAY PARTY

    The whole family is invited to the annual Holiday Party at Bay Oaks Recreation Center hosted by the Town of Fort Myers Beach Parks & Rec Department on FR Dec 18 from 6:30-9pm. Enjoy cookie decorating, hot chocolate, holiday crafts and a chance to meet Santa, plus a Candy Cane Hunt for those age 17 and under. New this year is an ugly sweater contest. The uglier the better! For more information call Kyle at 239-765-4222.

     MOONLIGHT WALK

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct its monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on FR Dec 25 beginning at 5:15pm. This is an experiential hands-on program where participants can awaken and sharpen their senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Join 2 volunteers with candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the moon. Adults only. Reservations required. Please call      239-565-7437.

    HOLIDAY INN CONCERT

    The Beach United Methodist Church presents Paul Todd & Paul Todd, Jr. plus the Hayne’s Sisters in a “Holiday Inn Concert on the Beach,” at the newly renovated Beach United Methodist Church on SU Dec 20 at 7pm. This Irving Berlin inspired evening will feature all your favorite Christmas songs. Free will offering-suggested donation $10-$20/person. Call 239-463-9656 for tickets.

     HOLIDAY POPS

    Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes the Southwest Florida Symphony for its Holiday Pops concert on MO Dec 21 at 7:30pm in the Village Church, 151 Shell Point Blvd. The concert will include holiday classics, inspired by the Festival of Lights. Soprano soloist Laura Woyasz and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida will also perform.

     BEACH LIBRARY

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

    MO Dec 21, 10:30am –Drawing; 1:00pm Adult Coloring Class

    TU Dec 22, 10:30am – Facebook & Twitter

    TH Dec 24 Library closes at 2pm. Closed Christmas Day

     MARKET SEASON

    Check out our local fresh outdoor markets:

    Tuesdays 9am-1pm – Santini Sunrise Fresh Market at Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd. FMB

    Wednesdays 9am-2pm – Farmer’s Market, Beach Baptist Estero Blvd & Connecticut.

    Fridays 7:30-11:30am—Farmers Market, Bay Oaks, FMB

     YOGA

    Enjoy the benefits of Yoga at any of these classes.

    • Susan Carter leads classes at DiamondHead each MO at 6pm; WE at 8:30am and SA at 8:30am. ($12) She also holds a class at Newton House each TU at 5:45pm ($10) and at Health & Harmony Center (15951 McGregor Blvd.) each WE at 11:30am. ($16)         239-209-1698.
    • Join Becky Lang for Yoga on the Beach two SA month at 8:30am on the sand just north of the Pier ($10 suggested donation) Next classes scheduled for Dec 19, Jan 2 and Jan 16.
    • Laura Paradiso offers classes at Bay Oaks on TU & TH at 9am at Bay Oaks ($10 member/$12 non-member) Bring mat. 239-765-4222; TU at 11am and SA at 5pm on the sand at Pink Shell. Bring mat, water and sunglasses; and a SUP Yoga on WE at 10am and 5pm with Good Time Charter at Snook Bight. ($40 includes board rental; reservation required, book at goodtimecharter.com. Bring water and sunglasses.)
    • Laughter Yoga is offered each Friday morning from 8-9am in Lynn Hall Park near the playground. Free with paid parking. Bring towel. 614-216-9371

    FLORIDA NATURALIST TRAINING

    The Coastal Systems segment of Florida Naturalist Training will be offered at Newton House and sponsored by Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. Classes will meet for one full day for six successive weeks beginning Jan 12. Students will learn about Florida ‘s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend on those systems, through classroom, field trips and practical experience. Register at masternaturalist.org. For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437.

    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:

    TH Dec 24 – Fishing Clinic

    SA Dec 26  – Black Island Bike Tour

    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:

    -Local Waters/Local Charts-Dec 19

    -America’s Boating Course-Jan 9 & 16

     WATERFRONT TOURS

    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry. Reservations required 239-765-8101.

    KIDS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

    Bootlegger’s will offer a kids New Year’s Eve Party on Dec 31 from 5-7pm featuring pirates, face painting, games, stories and a treasure hunt, all capped off with a special kids celebration to end the party. Adult festivities will take place afterwards. Call 239-463-3042 for more info.

    NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET & BOAT SHOW

    The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will sponsor the Lovers Key Nautical flea Market and Boat Show on SA Mar 19 and SU Mar 20 from 9am-5pm at Lovers Key State Park featuring nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment as well as boat dealers. Suggested $5 donation to enter. Proceeds benefit FOLKS and the Rotary Club. Vendor space available. Loverskeynauticalmarket.com

    FOLKS COOKBOOK

    Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) will be selling their 200-page cookbook filled with recipes from FOKS members and a few local chefs. $15. Proceeds support the park. Available Dec 18 by special order. Call Flo to order at 630-542-2435 or order online at friendsofloverskey.org.

    HEALTH WORKSHOP

    St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop beginning on Jan 8. Conducted by Lee Memorial Health System, the free six-session program focuses on effectively dealing with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer and also offers help in communicating with health care providers. Pre-registration requires. Call 239-424-3122.

    ART DIVINE SHOW

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host the Art Divine Show at their gallery beginning SA Dec 12 until Jan 7. This show/sale features original art by FMBAA members priced at $150 or less. Admission is free. Stop by the Gallery at Donora and Shell Mound for a schedule of Gallery talks, classes and workshops. Hours: MO-SA 10am-3pm; SU Noon-3pm. 239-463-3909.

    VALENTINES VOW RENEWAL

    The 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony at Lovers Key State Park will be held Feb. 14 at 10am and 3pm. Both ceremonies include a Champagne Toast, full brunch or lunch, cake & desserts, dancing and socializing as well as a special gift and door prizes. Pre-registration is required as this event sells out each year. Contact Judy Greenwood           708-359-0466 or rfjgreenwood@gmail.com

    OVERSEAS MILITARY

    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.

    MORNING MEANDER

    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA Jan 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.