Around & About the Island – Dec. 03, 2015

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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! Available at Santini Plaza, Kmart Plaza, Bootlegger’s 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!

    HYMN SING

    St. Peter Lutheran Church presents the annual Christmas Hymn Sing on TU, Dec 8 at 7pm. This popular holiday program will be led by Robert Beane, lead tenor for the Ft. Myers Mastersingers and will feature all the favorite Carols of Christmas. The event is free and all are welcome. 3751 Estero Blvd. 239-463-4251.

    SANTA FOR SENIORS

    Islanders are invited to stop by Royal Scoop, 2307 Estero Blvd, to select an ornament off the tree with a suggestion for a gift for an area senior citizen. Select an ornament, buy the gift and return it to the tree and you can help a senior have a happy Christmas!

    SHRIMP DINNER

    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 Dec 12 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.

    FIVE WISHES

    Hope Hospice will present the “Five Wishes” program on MO Dec 14 at 12:30 pm at St Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. This is a program to discuss and help document your personal preferences for your health care choices. There is no charge for the program and you will receive an easy to use guide which can become your advance directive and guide for your wishes for illness care, health care surrogate, type of care you want, and what you want your loved ones to know. This is open to people of all ages. Bring a friend! The time to discuss this issue is now! All are welcome.

    CASH MOB THURSDAY

    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 10 visit Hooters, Mr. Tequila’s, Tuckaway, Twisted Scissors and Royal Scoop Ice Cream anytime between 11am and 7pm. Think Local, Shop Local, Buy Local, Join the Mob!

    NEW CIVIC ASSOCIATION

    Looking for an open forum to express your ideas about what’s going on in our area? Interested residents are invited to come to a meeting this Tuesday, December 8th at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s to discuss the formation of a new Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Civic Association. Meeting will be officiated by Charlie Whitehead.

    BEACH LIBRARY

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

    MO Dec 7, 10:30am –Drawing; Pain Management; 1:30pm Adult Coloring Class

    TU Dec 8, 10:30am – What Became of the Broken in Spirit; 1:30pm Eleanor Roosevelt

    WE Dec 9, 9am-1pm – Quilting Group; 1:30pm Afternoon Movie, “Viva Cuba”

    TH Dec 10, 10:30am- Going Further with your iPad/iPhone, pre-register

    FR Dec 11, 10:30am-Fall Prevention1:30pm – Wordstock

    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 Dec 8 – Fishing Clinic

    TH Dec 10 – Fishing Clinic; Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

    FR Dec 11– Sensational Sharks Talk

    SA Dec 12  – Black Island Bike Tour

    WOMAN’S CLUB EVENTS

    The FMB Woman’s Club has announced the dates of their three fundraisers of the season. The Style Show Luncheon will be on Jan 23 with fashions by Rebecca’s of North Naples. The annual “Attic Treasures” Flea Market will be held on Jan 30. They are looking for small appliances, art, small furniture, linens, tools and toys. Please bring to the clubhouse at 175 Sterling St on TU or FR 9:30am-2:30pm. The Tour of Homes will be held the 21st or 28th of January. They are looking for beautiful homes. Any snowbirds with organizational skills and great ideas are welcome to share their skills with the club. For more information call Helen 765-9790.

    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-1pm – Tanger Farm Fresh Market, 20350 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers; 9am-2pm – Farmer’s Market, Beach Baptist Estero Blvd and Connecticut.

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

    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:

    -America’s Boating Class-Dec 5 & 12

    -Local Waters/Local Charts-Dec 19

    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.

    BOOK SIGNING

    Local author and illustrator James Swerneman will be at the Beach Baptist Farmer’s Market each WE in December from 9am-2pm to sign his books in the children’s series, Adventures of Ta and Boddington. The books will be available for $15 or $40 for three. The colorful books feature friendly wooly mammoths and not-so-friendly saber-toothed tigers.

    COMMUNITY YARD SALE

    Have some items you want to sell but don’t want the hassle of hosting your own yard sale? You’re in luck, Bay Oaks Recreation Center is hosting a community yard sale on SA Dec 12 from 8am-noon. The community is encouraged to attend and participate! Bay Oaks will provide the tables and customers. The sale will take place inside the gym. Call about renting a table or two. 239-765-4222.

    CHRISTMAS EVENTS

    For additional Christmas events throughout the month of December, see page 1.

    FREE GUIDED BEACH WALKS

    Each week Lee County Parks and the Town of Fort Myers Beach offers free walks with a trained naturalist. No registration needed, just show up and learn something about our environment. All walks are from 9:30-11am unless otherwise noted.

    MO-Life Along the Shore at Bunche Beach Preserve, 18201 John Morris Rd. Free with paid parking

    WE-Ethnobotany at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd.; Beach Walk at Newton House, 4650 Estero Blvd, 9am, meet at beach access.

    TH-Life in the Mangroves at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd. 1st, 3rd & 5th TH.

    FR-Barrier Island Ramble at Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd. Free with paid parking.

    SHRINE BINGO

    The Fort Myers Beach Shrine Club at 19171 San Carlos Blvd hosts bingo each Friday night. Early bird bingo starts at 6:30 with regular bingo at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to come and play. Free coffee during the session with free donuts at intermission.