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


    Head to Santini Plaza for the Doo Wop Festival and Street Bazaar on SA Jan 9 from 9am-1pm. DJ Larry will be spinning 50’s & 60’s tunes all day. Dance contest at 11am. Couples may register at DJ booth at 10am. The restaurants of Santini will be serving their delicious specialties on site, with Margaritas and Blood Mary’s available.


    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Jan 9 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.


    The Knights of Columbus will host an all you can eat Shrimp Boil on SA Jan 9 from 4-7pm in the parish hall. $20 includes all refreshments. Take out available for $15/dinner(drink not included). 239-440-5511


    The Michael DeCarlo Foundation will host a Casino Night to benefit the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League and Community Cooperative on SA Jan 9. Cocktail hour with appetizers at 6pm; Casino opens at 7pm. Black Jack, 3 card Poker, Let It Ride, Texas Hold’em, Roulette and Craps, Chinese Auction. $75/person includes 2500 chips, appetizers and 2 drink tickets. For more information call Lena 239-878-1565 or Paula 239-410-6888.


    St. Peter Lutheran Church Concert Series presents “Broadway & More” with Mark Sanders and Lee Van Asten on MO, Jan 11 at 7 pm. The show features Broadway favorites and popular standards from the American Songbook. Sanders has appeared in numerous productions including the Broadway tour of Fiddler on the Roof and is a favorite vocalist with the Gulf Coast Symphony at the Barbara B. Mann. Van Asten has entertained Southwest Florida audiences with piano and vocal performances for over 30 years. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free admission. Donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach.                239-463-4251.


    The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club invites area young ladies who are friendly and outgoing between the ages of 16-20 to participate in the Shrimp Queen Pageant during the Lions Club Shrimp Festival. Awards and prizes include a college scholarship for the Queen and the opportunity to ride atop a fabulous Corvette in the Shrimp Festival parade. This is not a beauty contest and there is no talent competition. The crowning of the Queen takes place at 1pm on SA, Mar 12 on Festival Grounds. Applications are available now at or call/email Pageant Coordinator Tracey Gore at 239-849-3603, Applications will be accepted until Jan 15.


    Enjoy a free educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve offered each TH from 9:30-11am. Learn about the diverse plant community including a maritime oak hammock, transitional wetlands and mangrove forest. . Meet at the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Street. Offered each TH through the end of March.


    Local author Chuck Highfield will be signing books on FR Jan 8 from 10am-2pm at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Marina Plaza. On SA Jan 9,  Florida author Carol M. Williams returns with her book “Burning Down the Country House,” a book is set in Jamaica were she grew up. Stop by and support our local authors.


    The public is invited to join Lee Memorial Health System CEO Jim Nathan for a talk on the state of health care in Southwest Florida during a Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries presentation on WE Jan 13 at 10:15am at Shell Point Retirement Community. Learn about Golisano Children’s Hospital, additional beds & services planned for Gulf Coast Medical Center and a new medical campus in south Lee County. Light refreshments will follow. The talk is free and open to the public but registration is required by calling 239-433-7936.


    The Ascension Knights of Columbus will hold a free throw competition on SA Jan 16 from 10:30am-12 noon at Bay Oaks Recreational Center on FMB. The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 12 and awards will be given out to those who progress and participate in it. Free. No registration needed. Questions? Call 239-440-5511


    There are still 10 team slots available for the 2016 Crawl on Jan. 16! Sign up now for a fun day of putt-putt golf, cocktails and a stroll around downtown – all benefiting the FMB Elementary PTO. Prizes, raffles, trophies and more. Call Sarah at Lahaina Realty at         239-463-0000.


    -Sew N Sews meets each TH at 10am. Sewing experience is not required. Help with ironing, stuffing, cutting out, etc. is always welcome.

    -The fourth FR of each month, Chapel by the Sea volunteers at the Soup Kitchen in Immokalee. The church bus leaves Chapel at 9:30 am and will also pick up off-island.

    -A new theological study group meets each TU at 3pm.

    -Weight Watchers meet each TH at 9am.

    -The Habitat for Humanity Chapel builders, building houses for people in need of a home, welcomes volunteers.

    -God’s Table provides food, clothing, showers and assistance each weekday morning from 7 to 8:30 am. Volunteers are welcome and needed. About 60 participants attended the Christmas dinner on December 22 where needed gifts of shoes, bus passes, etc. were distributed.

    -SIS (Sisters In Spirit) welcomes all friends of Chapel. The next program will be held on TU Jan 12 at the Historic Cottage at the end of Bay Street. Lunch will follow at the Island Pancake House. All women are invited to bring friends.

    SIS meets the second Tuesday of each month for fun and fellowship. For more information on any Chapel activities, call the church office 239-463-3173.


    The Friends of the Beach Library will hold a Giant Book Sale on SA Jan 16 from 9:15am-12:30pm. Minimal prices and plenty to select from!


    San Carlos Island will host their 7th Annual Main Street Bazaar and Yard Sale on SA Jan 16 from 8am-1pm, offering a wide selection of treasures for bargain shoppers. Begin your day at Oyster Bay RV Park at 7:30am for a Pancake Breakfast, then meander along Main Street’s yard sales. Lunch available at Port Carlos Cove from 10:30am-1pm.


    The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will hold their annual Right to Life Dinner Dance on SA Jan 16 in the parish hall. Enjoy dinner and dancing to the sounds of Side-by–Side. All proceeds benefit K of C charities. Tickets $25/person. 239-440-5511.


    Residents of The Groves RV Resort invite everyone to join them on their monthly bike ride poker run to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior program. On the 3rd Friday of each month through March, they will ride about 10 miles with a few stops. Cost is $10/ride with half going to Wounded Warriors. To participate, bring your bike to The Groves lot 228 at 12:30pm to sign in. T-shirts will be available. For more information call Phil 616-481-1551 or Dick 603-355-9296.


    The January Member Show and Experimental Group Show will be held Jan 9-21. Admission is free. Join them for an Open House on Jan 15 from 9am-noon. Visit with local artists and learn more about the FMBAA. 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.