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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!

     NEW YEAR’S EVE TROLLEY SERVICE

    Free extended trolley service on Fort Myers Beach will be offered on New Year’s Eve through 2am Jan.1 through the cooperation of beach businesses including the Time Square Merchants and Events Association and the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Regular fare service will run until 9pm Dec 31. After 9pm, free trolley service will be offered until 2am on two routes: Summerlin Square to Bowditch Park and Bowditch Park to Lovers Key. Additional LeeTran bus information is available by calling 239-LEE-TRAN or visiting www.rideleetran.com.

     MEET THE MAYOR

    On Wednesday, January 6, Mayor Anita Cereceda will continue her Open House series from 5-7pm at Town Hall. All residents are welcome to stop by for casual conversation on topics of interest. Bring your questions, concerns and suggestions.

     GRAND RESORTS MEETING

    A public information meeting regarding the Grand Resorts Fort Myers Beach proposed downtown redevelopment project will be held on TH Jan 14 from 5:30-7:30pm at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 27431 Oak St. Grand Resorts will present information, including updates to the proposed project since the initial Public Open House, and answer questions regarding the proposal. Additional information is available at GrandResortsFMB.com.

    ART SHOW

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association will host the Art Divine Show at their gallery until Jan 7. This show/sale features original art by FMBAA members priced at $150 or less. 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.

    CASH MOB

    Everyone is invited to participate in Cash Mob Thursdays, an effort to assist those businesses that have been impacted by road construction. Bring your wallet and dine or shop to support our local businesses by “mobbing” specific ones each Thursday from 11am-7pm. On TH Jan 7 head to Beach Connection, Heavenly Biscuit, Mom’s Fresh Produce & Baked Goods and Town & Country Liquors. Think Local, Shop Local, Buy Local – Join the Mob!

    BOOK SALE

    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!

    WOUNDED WARRIOR BIKE RIDE

    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.

    MAIN STREET BAZAAR

    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.

    CONCERT SERIES

    The Friends of the Arts (FOA) Concert Series will offer two January concerts. On Friday, January 15, Glen Leonard & Hitsville will take listeners on a musical journey back in time to simpler times, through the magic of Motown. Led by Glen Leonard, lead singer of the Temptations from 1975-1983, this group of talented musicians will showcase the music of The Supremes, Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson. On Thursday, January 21, Al Holland, another Motown veteran, returns for his third appearance with the concert series, this time with his Nashville band offering a variety of blues, pop and Motown. All FOA concerts are held from 7-9pm in a cabaret-like setting in the Propeller Room, one of Fish Tale Marina’s boat barns transformed into a professional music venue with lights and sound. Light snacks and a cash bar are available. Tickets are $25/concert and are available now at the Fish Tale office. Concerts have sold out in past years, so get tickets early.

    DOO WOP FESTIVAL

    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. The restaurants of Santini will be serving their delicious specialties on site, with Margaritas and Blood Mary’s available.

     MOUND HOUSE

    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House has recently been restored to its 1921 grandeur and is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs for local residents, visitors and school groups. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU-SA 9am-4pm through Apr 30th. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. FMB residents half price with proof of residency. 451 Connecticut St.

    CAR SHOW

    The Caribbean Car Show will be held on MO Jan 4 from 5-7pm at Salty Sam’s Marina. The show includes hot rods, custom trucks and classic cars. Free and open to the public. Show is held the first Monday of the month through April. 239-463-3257.

    FREE VETERANS WELLNESS FAIR

    Area veterans are invited to participate in a Free Veterans Wellness Fair on SA Jan 16 from 9am-3pm at the American Legion Post 274, 899 Buttonwood Dr. Screening services are offered in Internal Medicine, Eye Care, Audiology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Radiology, Dentistry, Diabetes Testing, Immunizations, PT & Fitness, Home Health and Assisted Living, Park Royal Hospital, Mobile Mammograms, VA Clinic Benefit Counseling and more. No appt necessary. For more information, call Bob Penta 774-275-4060.

    BEACH TROLLEYS

    LeeTran has announced seasonal changes for the Fort Myers Beach Trolley Service beginning Jan 7. Route 490 will have three trolleys that travel between Summerlin Square and Bowditch Park until 8:45pm. Route 410 has five trolleys that travel between Bowditch Park and Lovers Key until 10:20pm. Also route 150 will begin seasonal service between Lovers Key and the Center of Bonita Springs (US 41 & Bonita Beach Rd) until 9:40pm. Route 50, which travels between Southwest Florida Airport and Summerlin Square will add more frequent routes MO-FR. The seasonal changes extend through Apr.27. Complete schedules are at rideleetran.com

    BEACH LIBRARY

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

    MO Jan 4, 9-11:30 – Garden Club; 10:30am–Drawing; 1pm Coloring, pre-register, materials fee

    TU Jan 5, 10:30am – A Land Remembered; 1:30pm-Holocaust

    WE Jan 6, 1:30pm- Getting Started with eBooks, pre-register

    TH Jan 7, 10:30am-Meet the Author-DL Havlin; Getting Started with your iPad/iPhone, pre-register

    FR Jan 8, 10:30am-Medicare; Understanding the “Cloud.” Re-register

    CALOOSA CARVERS DEMONSTRATIONS

    Join the Caloosa Carvers on the grounds of Mound House from 9:30am-noon on TU Jan 5, for wood carving demonstrations featuring several replica artifacts from the Calusa culture. They return on TU Jan 19. 451 Connecticut St.

    TOOLS OF THE CALUSA

    This hands on demonstration will explore how the most powerful Native American tribe in SWFL crafted their tools, weapons and implements of daily life from their natural surroundings. TU Jan 5 at 11am and 2pm at the Mound House. Cost $5. Go to ticket office prior to tour time. 451 Connecticut St.

     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 Jan 7 – Fishing Clinic; Walk on the Wild Side

    FR Jan 8 – Estuary Wading Trip

    SA Jan 9 – Black Island Bike Tour

     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

    TU- Beach Walk at Newton House, 4650 Estero Blvd, 9am.

    WE-Ethnobotany at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd.;

    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.

     SHELL POINT PRESENTS

    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. Tickets range from $15-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Upcoming events include:

    -Beethoven’s Eroica TH Jan 14 at 7:30pm

    -Ashu: Saxophonist SA Jan 16 at 7pm

    -Duke Ellington Orchestra MO Jan 25 at 7:30pm