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!
4th OF JULY PARADE
The Town of FMB Parks & Rec Dept is accepting applications for the 10th annual 4th of July Parade. Applications are due by MO, June 20th. 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.
HERCULES BAY ACCESS MEETING
Residents of Hercules Drive are invited to attend a meeting on WE June 22 from 5-6:30pm at Town Hall. Join Town Staff, a Town Council Member and Town Engineer to discuss various options for your street’s bay access. Other bay access streets will meet over the summer: Coconut Drive (June 29), Amberjack Drive (July 6), Delmar Avenue (July 14) and Bayside Park (July 20), all at 5pm.
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
Any students who have not registered for the 2016-2017 school year are asked to bring their parents to Beach School at 2751 Oak Street this week to get them registered. Incoming KG must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2016 to enroll this year. New students will need: an original birth certificate, a health exam, shot records, proof of residence, proof of custody (if applicable) and parents driver’s license. Registration Packets are available for pick up in the school office. Any questions, please call Ms. Amy or Ms. Renee at 239-463-6356.
ELDER ABUSE PROGRAM
Chapel by the Sea and the Area Agency on Aging SWFL will present a free program on Mon June 20, “Elder Abuse Awareness & Prevention” at Chapel by the Sea’s Silver Hall. The program will provide older adults, caregivers and professionals with information and training relevant to elder rights. Topics will include abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Learn how to protect your loved ones. Free and open to all.
Island kids have some great summer camp opportunities this year. Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Traditional Day Camp through August 5. Meeting Mon-Fri from 7:30am-6pm, camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Ages 6-13. Beginning at $75/week for members. Teen Camp is available for those 14 and up. To register or for more information call 239-765-4222.
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 6-15 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Meets Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Sessions available through the week of July 25th. For registration, costs and more information call 239-765-0181 Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm or visit www.ostegobay.org
Library hours: Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 9am-5pm; Wed 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
Tue June 21: 10:30am – Book Discussion of “Spill Simmer Falter Wither” by Sara Baume.
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 Tue, Wed & Sat 9am-4pm. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:
-Sat June 18: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Working on the Water ($5/members free); 6-9pm Sunset/Full Moon Rising Guided Kayak Tour ($60 (members $30)
-Mon June 20 National Seashell Day: 9am-Shells of FMB ($5/members free); 10am and 11am- Calusa Shell Mound Tour ($15, museum admission included/members free); Noon-The Shell Age – Tools of the Calusa ($5/members free); 6-9pm Sunset/Full Moon Rising Guided Kayak Tour ($60 (members $30)
-Tue June 21: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am- Calusa Indian Crafts
-Wed June 22: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am – Cool Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons ($5/members free);
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.
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:
Thu June 23 – Beginning Butterflies
Fri June 24 – Sensational Sharks Talk
A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on Sat July 2 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.
Have fun serving your community and others! The Fort Myers Beach Lions meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at St. Raphael’s Parish Hall, 5601 Williams Dr, FMB. Social Hour starts at 6pm and the meeting begins at 7pm. Anyone interested in joining this great organization can learn more by visiting their website at fmblions.com or joining them for a meeting.
The FMB Woman’s Club, located behind Mid-Island Laundry/Car Wash on Sterling St., invites all bridge players (men & women) to play on Tue and/or Fri at 9:30am. Bring your own lunch. Members $3 with change for prize money; Non-members $5 + prize money. They hope to form a Mah Jongg group or any kind of cards or activity that is beneficial to the island. Their membership drive is going on now. Yearly dues $75 which contributes to upkeep of the building, which was once the beach’s schoolhouse. The Club holds fundraisers to help with expenses and donate to local worthy causes. They invite everyone to participate in their events. Meet new beach neighbors. For more information, call President Joyce Hopkins 239-275-8847.
YOGA II CLASS
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center will offer Introduction to Iyengar Yoga II-The Journey Continues with Kandy Love, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher beginning Tue June 21 at 7pm. Cost is $65 Register by June 20. 239-433-5995
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:
-Thu June 23 at 4:30pm -History of the U.S. to 1815-New Nation Emerges
-Thu June 30 at 4:30pm – History of the U.S. to 1815 – Nation’s Early Days
-Thu July 14 at 7:30pm –Ethan Uslan, Ragtime Pianist