Around and About the Island



    The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club is holding their annual Flea Market on SA, Jan 30, from 9am-1pm at their clubhouse at 175 Sterling Street to benefit local charities. The sale will include decorative and useful household items, sports equipment, clothing, furniture, books, etc. They welcome contributions of gently used items for the sale. Drop donations at the clubhouse Tuesdays or Fridays from 9:15am to 2:15pm up until Jan 29. 239-765-1417.


    The public is invited to attend the Friends of the Beach Library Annual meeting on SA Jan 30 at 11am at the library. Mayor Anita Cereceda will be the guest speaker.


    The largest Caribbean Cruise In Car Show of the season is set for MO Feb 1 from 5-7pm at Salty Sam’s Marina. Free and open to the public, you’ll see a variety of the area’s coolest hot rods, finest classic cars and custom trucks. More than 150 cars are expected at this show.


    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 Feb 6 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.


    The Florida Forest Service and Arbor Day Foundation are giving away 10,000 free trees to Florida single-family homeowners. Trees are available while supplies last and can be reserved at


    Grand Resorts FMB will hold another Public Information Meeting regarding the proposed redevelopment project in the downtown district of Fort Myers Beach on MO Feb 22 from 5:30-7:30pm at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St. Fort Myers Beach. Expected topics to be discussed include additional advanced architectural renderings, traffic, parking and zoning.


    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications. Scholarships are awarded based on community service, school, work, leadership and academic achievement. Applications are available at or from a Foundation member. Deadline for application submission is Feb 15.


    The Ascension Catholic Women will sponsor their annual fashion show and luncheon TU Feb 16, at the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Fashions by Leani’s of Santini Plaza. Doors open at 11:30. Seats are limited and sell out fast! Proceeds support the group’s area charitable efforts. Donation price is $25, which includes lunch and door prizes. For tickets or more information, call Janet, 765-7692; or Mary Ann, 463-5584.


    Bay Oaks Recreation Center will host a spaghetti dinner on SA Jan 30 from 4-7pm. Dinner will include spaghetti, dinner roll, select beverages, salad and small dessert. Take out available. Cost is $10 in advance a=or $15 at the door. Children age 11 and under cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call 239-765-4222 for more info.


    Chapel by the Sea Concert Series will present Joybell – Kristine Stout on TH Feb 11 at 7pm at Chapel by the Sea. This evening of inspiration and joy features Kristine who plays three octaves of English handbells all by herself and also accompanies herself on a digital keyboard. She’s a symphony of one! Free will offering.


    An exhibition of watercolors by local artist Kathleen C. Taylor is now showing at Café Italia, 20351 Summerlin Rd. These watercolors were painted in Italy during Ms. Taylor’s recent visit and include views of Naples, Rome, Venice and Tuscany. Taylor is a member of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association. This exhibition continues through March 26 and may be viewed during the hours of MO-SA 9am-8pm.


    Dance? Sing? Play a musical instrument? Then join in the fun at the Fort Myers Beach Got Talent event at Santini Marina Plaza on SA Feb 13! Celebrity judges and trophies for junior and senior winners. DJ Brenda will have the sound system and microphones ready to go. MC’s Mark List and Jesse Titus, bearing a remarkable resemblance to Roy Clark and Minnie Pearl, will keep the show moving. Junior event, ages 5-15, registration at 10:30am; competition at 11am. Senior event, ages 16 and up, registration at 11:30am; competition at noon. If you’d like to participate, please register in advance with Bonnie at The event also includes an arts and crafts bazaar and fresh market plus great food and tropical drinks by the Restaurants of Santini. Free event and free parking.


    A self defense class for females age 13-100 will be offered on WE Feb 24 from 10am-Noon at Chapel by the Sea in Silver Hall. Class includes personal safety tips and practical exercises. $5 fee. Must preregister. Call 239-463-3173 x 10.


    AHA! A holistic Approach Center will host several classes in the upcoming weeks. AHA! Is located in the historic Iona Schoolhouse Professional Complex at 15971 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. For more info or to register for classes call 239-433-5995. Meditation for Real Life class begins WE Feb 10 and runs for 6 weeks. Each 90 min class begins at 6pm. Cost $99. Intro to Tai Chi begins FR Feb 12 at 11:30am and runs for 5 weeks. Cost $75.


    Edison Ford Winter Estates will host their annual Antique Car Show on SA Feb 6 from 10am-2pm. The show features Ford models and is expected to include over 100 cars on the Ford Lawn along the Caloosahatchee River as a tribute to Henry Ford. Live entertainment, food and historical buildings tours. Free for Edison members $20 for non-members. For more info call 239-334-7419.


    Come join the fun at Line Dancing Classes held each TU & TH at 10:15am at Bay Oaks. Dance the cha-cha, salsa, country, waltz and more. Call Bay Oaks for more info              239-765-4222.


    The Calusa Blueway Speaker Series continues on TU Feb 2 from 6:30-8pm at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd. Peggy Phillips will present the History of Mound Key. Phillips leads historical kayaking tours to Mound Key. Free. For more info or directions call 239-432-2154.


    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 Upcoming classes include:

    -America’s Boating Class-Feb 6 & 13

    -Local Waters-Local Charts-Feb 20


    Lisa Black, author of the suspense series featuring Theresa McLean, will be the guest speaker at the 1pm, Feb 12 meeting of the Friends of Lakes Library. Black is a forensic specialist for the Cape Coral Police Dept. and will discuss the latest book in the series, “Close to the Bone.” 15290 Bass Rd.


    Tessa Bridal, author of, “River of Painted Birds, will be signing her book at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Plaza on TU Feb 2 from 10am-Noon.” Born and raised in Uruguay, Bridal’s story was inspired by her Irish grandmother who boarded a ship from Cork only to discover she was bound for South not North America. She will also be speaking on WE Feb 3 at 1:30 at the Beach Library. She is also the author of “The Tree of Red Stars.” 239-765-8162


    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. $15/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.