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    There’s always a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events. Pick up a copy of the June SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!

     LUAU FOR CAMP

    Stop by Bonita Bill’s at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf on San Carlos Island on SA June 4 from 3-7pm for a Hawaiian Luau to support Ostego Bay’s Marine Science Center’s Summer Camp. There will be live music, a Hawaiian style dinner, games and plenty of fun. Wear your most Hawaiian fashions as there will be prizes for best dressed. All proceeds from food and donations will go to the cause. For more information on Ostego Bay Foundation camp call 239-765-8101 or visit OstegoBay.org

     PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. Please do your part to protect the turtles,  nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org

     CONTRACTOR OPEN HOUSE

    Fort Myers Beach Mayor Dennis Boback and the Community Development staff will host a Contractors’ Open House at Town Hall on WE June 8 from 10am-12noon. This will be an informal discussion regarding the Town’s building permitting process.

     BLUEWAY PADDLE

    The Battle of the Blueway returns to Crescent Beach Family Park on June 11-12 and offers events & attractions  for paddlers of all levels. On SA June 11 at 8:30am there is a race for SUP’s and at 10:30am a race for Open Vessel class. Demonstrations of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP)will be from 9am-2pm. On SU June 12, sprints and OC6 races start at 9am. Calusa Kids Race and Special Olympics Fun Race starts at 10:30am. Event is free for spectators. Race entries are $65-$85. No race day registration. Register by calling Mike Hammond 239-707-7981 or going to bit.ly/battleblueway

    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, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

    -SAT June 4: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5/members free); 10am-Cool Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons ($5/members free)

    -TU June 7: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5/members free); 10am – Shell Science ($5/members free)

    -WE June 1: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5/members free); 10am – Calusa Indian Art

     POPEYEPALOOZA

    The 7th annual Popeyepalooza benefit to support youth athletics of Fort Myers Beach and Lee County will be held at Beach Pub on SU June 26. Organizer Mike “Popeye” Dearden, this year’s event will feature great BBQ and sides, live music, a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and more. For more information or to donate to the raffles or auction or to volunteer, call Popeye at 239-244-4437 or visit the Facebook page for Popeyepalooza VII.

    BEACH LIBRARY

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

    TU June 7: 9am-1pm – Voter Registration Assistance, Foyer

    TH June 9: 1:30pm-Naked Meadow

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

    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 June 7 – Fishing Clinic

    TH June 9 – Beach Walk and Estuary Tour

    FR June 10 – Estuary Wading Tour

    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.

    CHAPEL BY THE SEA

    Worship services are held each Sunday at 10am with nursery and children’s church provided. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. On the 4th Friday of each month, Chapel by the Sea volunteers at the Soup Kitchen in Immokalee. The church bus leaves Chapel at 9:30am and will pick up off-island. The Sew N Sews group meets TH at 10am to work on mission projects. No sewing skills required and all are welcome. For more information, call the Chapel office 239-463-3137.

    SUMMER BUS BASH

    LeeTran kicks off summer with its inaugural Bus Bash by inviting students age 22 and under to ride the bus for free June 13-17. During that week, students will be able to ride the bus without a LeeTran Student ID and at no charge. LeeTran will also host tables at different locations around the county where students can receive their own LeeTran Student ID that can be used year round for discounted bus rates. These community events will also include information on routes and how to ride the bus plus LeeTran goodies and treats. Look for these community events at the Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave, Bonita Springs on TU, June 14 from 3-7pm; Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers on WE, June 15 from 9am-1pm and at Edison Mall Station, 4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers on FR, June 17 from 2-6pm. Student ID’s can also be acquired at Rosa Parks Transportation Center in downtown Fort Myers, 2250 Widman Way. To learn more about LeeTran and the Summer Bus Bash visit www.RideLeeTran.com

    FARMERS MARKET

    The Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist Church has announced that they will continue to be open every Wednesday throughout the summer from 9am-2pm at the church located at the corner of Estero Blvd and Connecticut.

    HIBISCUS SHOW

    The James E. Hendry Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will host their 65th annual Hibiscus Show & Plant Sale on SU, June 5 from 1-4pm at Araba Temple, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers. This free show is the oldest, largest and best attended of all Florida’s hibiscus shows. More than 650 hybrid Hibiscus plants will be offered for sale. Free raffle tickets, free advice on plant care available. Parking and admission are free. The Hibiscus Society meets the second Sunday of each month from October-May. For more information visit www.hendrychapterAHS.com

    4th OF JULY PARADE

    The Town of FMB Parks & Rec Dept is accepting applications for the 10th annual 4th of July Parade. The parade will be held at 10am Monday, July 4th. The route will start at the corner of Bay Road and Estero Blvd and end at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Parade applications at Town Hall or Bay Oaks Rec Center, on the Town’s website or at BayOaksRec.org. 239-765-4222.