Around and About the Island




    Head to Old San Carlos Blvd this SU May 1st for The 21st Annual Taste of the Beach from 11am-4pm. Tasty treats, server obstacle course and live music. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12. Food tickets are $1 each with the average plate $5.



    It’s time for Kindergarten roundup at Beach Elementary! All entering kindergarteners are invited to come to Beach School on WE May 4 at 10am with their parent or someone special. They will be given a tour of their new school, some buddy time with current kindergarten students, a FREE lunch for everyone in the Dolphin cafeteria and playground time with their new friends until 11:30am. Parents are asked to bring the following: original birth certificate, current school physical form (dated after 8/10/15), social security card if available, FL immunization card, proof of address, proof of custody and a driver’s license. Attendees are asked to notify Mrs. Renee or Mrs. Amy 463-6356.



    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on WE May 4 at 5pm. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also waterfowl, raptors and warblers. Free with paid parking. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your love of nature. For more info call 239-707-3015



    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA May 7 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580



    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:

    -Behind the Scenes of “The Assassin’s Honor” TU May 3 at 10am

    -English History & Culture (five sessions) – TU May 3 at 4:30pm

    -The Great Armadas – TU May 10 at 10am

    -Yachts That Went To War – TU May 17 at 10am



    The Fort Myers Beach Lions are now accepting applications for their 2016 “WE SERVE” scholarships. Cash awards for college or vocational educational assistance are given to local students who demonstrate ability, need and a solid record of community service. Applications for this year’s students can be found on the Fort Myers Beach Lions Website: Please make sure you receive an e-mail confirmation after you send in the application. All completed applications must be postmarked no later than June 10th, 2016.

    This is the 26th consecutive year that the Beach Lions have helped local students achieve their goals with scholarships. Scholarships funds come from the fundraising efforts of the Lions club. “We welcome anyone wishing to participate in helping our community to join our Lions Club since together we can multiply what just one person can do! To join us for a dinner meeting please email ” said Scholarship Chair Darby Doerzbacher.



    Naples author Mary Lee Gutwein will be signing copies of her book, “Party of Three at the Palace of Blue” at Annette’s Book Nook on SA Apr 30 from 1-3pm. This is the story of Lucy, the King, Queen Amy and Princess Lindy and their efforts to hold a party that turns into a family gathering with Bible readings for a sweet time in the shade of their backyard.



    Author Martha Kendall will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Lakes Regional Library meeting on FR May 13 at 1pm. Her book, “The Plant World of the Calusa – A View from Pineland,” described the plants used by the Calusa and is illustrated with original watercolor paintings of the plants. A book signing will follow the discussion. All are welcome to attend. 15290 Bass Road.



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

    TU May 3: 10:30am – Computer Maintenance (pre-register)

    WE May 4: 10:30am – Winged Wonders: Birds of Lee County

    TH May 5: 10:30am — Getting Started with Your iPad/iPhone (pre-register)



    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will sponsor a Coastal Module of the Florida master naturalist Program this fall. The program will have six class sessions on Tuesdays, Oct 18 – Nov 22. The program will include class sessions, presentations and field trips. Field trips will include the Lovers’ Key Beach, Matanzas Pass Preserve, Bunche Beach Bird Walk, Mound Key and the Estero Bay Buffer Preserve. Three scientists will lecture on subjects including beach dynamics, sea level rise and the formation of barrier islands. Classes will be held at Newton House on Fort Myer Beach. Registration $230/ Class limited to 20To register, visit the Florida Master Naturalist Program website, For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437



    The 24th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive will be held SA May 14. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Any visitors heading north before then are asked to drop their food off in the lobby of the FMB Post Office, where a table has been designated for donations. Volunteers are needed to help collect and sort the food. If you can help contact Tanya Phillips at the Harry Chapin Food Bank 239-334-7007 or Kim Berghs at United Way 239-433-2000 x260



    Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach 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. 451 Connecticut St. 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

    -TU May 3: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 11am and 2pm-Archeology of the Mound House ($5/members free)

    -WE May 4: 10am & 1pm –History of the Mound House Guided Tour ($5/members free)

    -SAT May 7: 10am & 1pm –Archeology Meets Ecology ($5/members free)



    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 May 5 – Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

    FR May 6 – Walk on the Wild Side



    The 2015 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOG (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 64 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office or Roxie, Gavin’s Ace Hardware or the UPS Store.



    The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club, the oldest tarpon-fishing club in the world, invites anyone interested in joining their fun, family oriented club to come to their monthly meeting on WE May 4 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s. This club believes in conservation and fish are released, preferably without being taken out of the water when caught. The club has several tarpon hunts coming up in June.