Around and About the Island offer announcements for non-profit and community events on and around Fort Myers Beach. Make sure you pick up a printed copy of the February SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine for a calendar of all the fun things to do on Fort Myers Beach or read it here: https://fortmyersbeach.news/february-2017/
You can also read the latest edition of the Island Sand Paper here: https://fortmyersbeach.news/print-edition/
The Friends of the Beach Library will host a Book Sale on Sat., Jan 28th from 9am-12:30pm in the parking garage under the library. Stop by for minimal prices with lots of great books to choose from. Volunteers needed, call the library for details. 239-765-8162.
WALKING & BIKING PLAN
Want to improve walking and biking in the Ft. Myers Beach? This is your chance! The Ft. Myers Beach Community Input Map is the first step in a larger effort to improve walking and biking in the Town. Ft. Myers Beach, in partnership with the Lee County MPO and Lee County, is undertaking the development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Attend a community workshop on Wed., Feb 15th from 5:30-7:30pm in Town Hall. What would encourage you to walk or bike more often. The Project Advisory Committee will meet on Tues., Jan 31st from 10-11:30am in Town Hall for a project overview. For more details visit: visit http://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11247.
CALUSA BLUEWAY SPEAKER
Jim O’Neill will be the next speaker on Feb. 7th at 6:30pm in the Calusa Blueway Speaker Series offered at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. This free, seasonal series showcases aspects of the Blueway, Lee County’s 190-mile marked water trail for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders. O’Neill’s presentation on Greenland paddles will begin at 6:30pm at Wa-Ke Hatchee. Additional speakers are scheduled for March 7 and March 11, all at 6:30pm. For more information, call 239-432-2154.
Registration is now open for Fort Myers Beach Little League at www.FMBLL.com. Players age 4-16 must live or attend school within league boundaries. Online registration is preferred. For questions call 239-285-5015 or email Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available upon request-no child is turned away. Cost is $50/child. Coaches and volunteers needed!
All are welcome to attend the Feb 6 Estero Island Garden Club meeting on MO Feb 6 at the Beach Library 3rd Floor Community Room. Social time is from 9:15-9:45pm preceding the Guest Speaker Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist at the Edison Ford Estate. Debbie will share fun and interesting information on Meditation, Zen & Tranquility Gardens. For more information about the Garden Club, call Carol Kolar 312-320-7247.
Got Stress? Laughter Yoga can help! The Fort Myers Beach Laughter Circle meets every Fri. at 8am at Lynn Hall Park adjacent to the pier. Free, but parking is $2/hour. Bring a towel, water and your smile! For more info, call Debbie 239-677-7017.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MEETS
On January 18th, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation held its monthly membership meeting with guest speakers from B.A.C.A., Bikers Against Child Abuse. B.A.C.A exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. The B.A.C.A helpline is 941.203.2224. The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will hold its next membership meeting on Feb. 15th at 5:30 at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club. Guest speakers from the Mound House will attend the meeting. The Mound House is open as a cultural and environmental learning center and is a very unique archaeological and historical site dating back 2000 years as a Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Visit moundhouse.org for more information. The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in Fort Myers Beach and surrounding communities, meets the 3rd WE night each month from October – May. Anyone interested in learning more about the Foundation can contact Judy Lawson at 509-679-1166 or visit the website fortmyersbeachcf.com
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
The Friends of the Mound House has announced another event that will directly support the ongoing preservation and educational programming of the Mound House. On Fri., Feb 17th, 2017 they will once again host “If These Walls Could Talk” at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church. This is a humorous ‘spoof’ written by Laurie Nienhaus about some of the incidents in the Mound House’s diverse and eclectic history. This was a sold-out success in November and tickets for the Feb 17 performance are limited to 125 people. Tickets are $25 each and include wine and cheese before the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, call Ceel Spuhler at 239-765-6472.
There is no shortage of talent on Fort Myers Beach, something recognized by Santini Event Coordinator Bonnie Roberts as she announces the 6th Annual Fort Myers Beach Got Talent contest to be held on Sat., Feb 18th at Santini Marina Plaza. One and all are invited to this event that runs from 9am-1pm and includes an artisan market with 30+ local artisans many providing on-site demonstrations, plus the Santini Fresh Produce Market and food & beverage offered by Santini Restaurants and Big Papa BBQ. The talent contest begins at Noon, with contestants asked to pre-register by calling Bonnie at 239-443-8810. Contestants must report to the stage tent by 11:30am. Bring your singing, dancing and musical gifts to the Got Talent show! Optional donation of dog and cat food at Find a Home/Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Call Bonnie for more info.
Stop by and shop at a huge benefit Garage Sale on Sat., Jan 28th from 8am-1pm in the Majestic Palms Community (on Royal Palm Blvd next to Target off San Carlos Blvd) 200 participating homes. Benefiting Find a Home/Give a Home and Goodwill. 1165 Marino Ct, Fort Myers. Gate will be open.
BEACH UNITED METHODIST
The Sheriff’s Office will present “Personal Safety” and “Active Shooter for the Community” on Mon., Feb. 13th at 9:30am in the church. All are welcome to attend.
A Valentine’s Dinner Dance will be held on Tues., Feb. 14th at 6pm. A donation of $12/person will be requested at the door. Call the office for reservations. 239-463-9656.
SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET
A free Acoustic Concert Series at Lovers Key State Park is offered on the first TH of each month Nov-Apr. The next concert is Thurs., Feb. 2nd at 4:00pm and will feature all original music. The concert will take place at the beachfront gazebo. Seating available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair or blanket. Come enjoy some great original music in an intimate “bluebird Café” style. Sunset included.
SUNSET SING ALONG
Sing or play along as Beach Volunteer Mike, leads the group in acoustically played classics from the 60’s such as the Beatles, Everly Brothers, Motown and more. Held each Thurs., through March 9th at 5pm at Bowditch Point Park. Free with paid parking. Meet on the deck near the parking lot.
Join the Friends of the Matanzas Pass Preserve for their annual meeting with Special Guest Speaker Cathy Olson, Lee County Parks & Rec Acting Director and Manager for Conservation 20/20 on Tues., Feb 14th at 5pm at the Beach Library. Olson will speak on the Conservation 20/20 program-How it works and how we benefit. Refreshments served. All are welcome. Free.
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their monthly ‘Moon Walk in the Preserve’ on FR Feb 10 at 5:50pm. This experiential hands-on program will awaken and sharpen participant’s senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the moon. Meet at the entrance to the Preserve behind the Historical Cottage on Bay Street. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants. To register, call Jim 239-565-7437.
All are invited to join the Chapel by the Sea Dolphin Walking Club every Tuesday morning. Gather on the church veranda at 9:30am and enjoy an easy 30-minute walk around Chapel neighborhoods or on the beach before returning to Chapel. Free and open to the public.