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    FOOD DRIVE

    Put your non-perishable food donations at your mailbox on SA May 14th. Volunteers will collect it for local food banks in the 24th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive.

     

    FIREWORKS SUPPORT

    The effort to save 4th of July Fireworks on Fort Myers Beach continues! On SU May 15th, the Lani Kai will host a Luau themed beach party fireworks fundraiser with games, prizes, silent auction and more! The Fish Monger will host an End of Stone Crab Season Party on SU, May 15th from 2-7pm. They have 300 lbs of stone crab just for this event! A Stone Crab eating contest will award a prize of free ½ lb of stone crab each week of the entire next stone crab season.

    Do your part to save fireworks! Anyone interested in contributing may send a check payable to FMB Fireworks Fund to the FMB Chamber of Commerce, 1661 Estero Blvd, Suite 8, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 or visit the Facebook page at FMB Fireworks Fund or the GoFundMe account of the same name, or email jacquelee99@gmail.com.

     

    PIANO RECITAL

    A Children’s Piano Recital will be held at Chapel by the Sea on SU, May 22 at 1pm in the Sanctuary. Students from the Michael and Elena Melnikov Piano Studio will perform. Come enjoy some beautiful music by these young musicians in this family-oriented entertainment showcasing young talent. A reception follows in Silver Hall.

     

    MARKET SEASON

    These local fresh outdoor markets are open through the end of May:

    Tuesdays 9am-1pm – Santini Sunrise Fresh Market at Santini Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd. FMB

    Wednesdays 9am-2pm – Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist, Estero Blvd & Connecticut.

     

    BLUEGRASS, BREW & BBQ

    Matanzas on the Bay will host the 3rd annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ event on SA May 28 from 11am-10pm to benefit Operation Open Arms (OAA). The event will feature live music with the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1-4pm and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5-8pm, craft beer from the Fort Myers Brewing Company, face painting for children and a $15 BBQ buffet from 12-8pm, featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob. OAA is a non-profit dedicated to the care and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans. Free boat dockage. 416 Crescent St., FMB.

     

    KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS

    High school seniors living in the 33931 zip code area planning to attend college or vocational school are invited to apply for a $2000 scholarship offered by the FMB Kiwanis Club. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, room & board at the vocational technical school, college or university of choice. Details and applications available at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org. Deadline July 15, 2016

     

    LIONS’ SCHOLARSHIPS

    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: fmblions.com. 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.

     

    MOUND HOUSE EVENTS

    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. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

    -TU May 17: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am and 1pm-Calusa Tools ($5/members free)

    -WE May 18: 10am & 1pm –Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour ($5/members free)

    -SAT May 21: 10am & 1pm –Archeology of the Mound House ($5/members free)

     

    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 May 17 – Fishing Clinic

    WE May 18 – Sensational Sharks Talk

    TH May 19 – Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

    FR May 20 – Black Island Bike Tour

     

    BEACH LIBRARY

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

    TU May 17: 10:30am – Book Discussion, “The Garden of Evening Mists”

    WE May 18: 1:30pm – Value of Searching Records & Online Services

    TH May 19: 10:30am – What is a Trauma Center (pre-register)

    FR May 20: 1:30pm – Wordstock

     

    MASTER NATURALIST-COASTAL

    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 20. To register, visit the Florida Master Naturalist Program website, bit.ly/FMBnaturalist. For more information call Jim Rodwell 239-565-7437

     

    VCA MEMORIAL DAY

    The Veterans Club of America (VCA), located at 16701 San Carlos Blvd., will be observing the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Ceremonies will include a bugler, bagpipes and the VCA Honor Guard. Iona-McGregor Fire Department will be in attendance. Speeches by VCA Commander George Rook, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Eagle Scout Jacob Peters, Troop 714. Following the ceremony, a complimentary lunch will be provided by Mission BBQ. This event is open to the public and families are welcome. Please take a moment from your day to join us in reflection of the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation.

     

    VFW MEMORIAL DAY

    Post 10097 of the VFW will hold a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 30th at 11am. Honor guard and speakers will participate and Eternal Wreaths will be donating memorials, inscribed with the names of crewmembers lost in the crash of a B-26 in the Gulf in 1942. Family members of the B-26 crew will be attending. All are welcome. 17770 Pine Ridge, Fort Myers Beach.

     

    DINING DISCOUNT BOOK

    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 BOGO (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.

     

    OPEN BASKETBALL

    Looking for some fun, friendly basketball? Come to Bay Oaks Rec center any MO, WE, TH or FR night from 6-9pm or SA from 1-9pm. Come alone or bring a group of friends. All are welcome. Free/members; $4/non-members.

     

    FLEA MARKET

    The FMB Shrine Club will hold a Flea Market every SU from 7am-3pm beginning May 15th at 19171 San Carlos Blvd, FMB. Space (10’ x 10’) is available for a $10 donation. Bring your own tent, tables and chairs or rent a table for $5. New/old items, arts & crafts, farmers market vendors welcome. To reserve a space email fortmyersbeachshrineclub@gmail.com Proceeds benefit the FMB Shrine Club.