So much to see and do on Fort Myers Beach! Pick up a copy of the July SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events.
DELMAR AVE ACCESS MEETING
Residents of Delmar Avenue are invited to attend a meeting on TH July 14 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. The Bayside Park (at the bay end of Old San Carlos Blvd.) meeting will take place WE July 20 at 5pm.
During the summer months local blood banks really need blood donors as many regular donors have headed north for the summer. Upcoming blood drives:
FR July 15, 7:30-11:30am at FMB Fire Station 31, 3043 Estero Blvd; 12:30-3:30pm at Love Boat Ice Cream.
SA July 30, 9am-5pm at Lani Kai.
Chapel by the Sea and Lee Memorial Trauma Center are hosting a free Fall Prevention Health event at Chapel by the Sea, 100 Chapel St, on TU July 12 from 2-3pm. Adult falls are the leading cause of injury and death in Lee County. The program includes a “Step Wise Lee” presentation. They will also offer brief individual balance screenings on TU July 26 from 2-3pm. Call 239-463-3173 x 20 to register.
FOLDS OF HONOR
Snook Bight Marina, a Suntex Marina property, will be supporting Folds of Honor Foundation during the month of July by donating 3% of all marina store sales to the foundation, whose mission is to provide scholarships to the families of fallen and wounded soldiers. All 29 Suntex locations are participating in this effort.
Author William Brown, of North Fort Myers will available to sign copies of his book, “A Horse Called Nevada,” on SA July 9 from 1-3pm at Annette’s Book Nook in Santini Marina Plaza.
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Beach School students and their families are invited to an Open House at Beach Elementary on SA, Aug 6 from 9-10am. Following the Open House, a pool party will take place at the Beach Pool from 10-11:30am featuring ice cream donated by Truly Scrumptious!
Those with an interest in Bonsai are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Bonsai Society of SWFL on SA July 16 at 9am at the SPLAC building on Metro Plantation Road, Fort Myers. Raffles will be held and members are encouraged to bring trees for advice. Bonsai (pronounced ‘bone-sigh’) is the practice of raising small artistic trees in pots. Plans are in progress for the annual bonsai show in November. Guests are welcome. No charge to attend. Free parking. For more information visit bonsaiswfl.org or call Hamilton 239-707-1000.
Community Cooperative will increase the delivery of Meals on Wheels to 6 days a week beginning in August and needs 35 more drivers for Saturday mornings. They could also use volunteers for their other shifts: Mo-SA 6-9am; 9am-1pm and MO-FR 12-4pm. If you are interested in becoming a permanent or back up driver, contact Jennifer Larsen 239-337-1055 or visit CommunityCooperative.com
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.
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
It’s turtle nesting season on our beach and nests are almost ready to hatch. 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
Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:
WE July 13 at 10:30am – Computer Maintenance (pre-register)
FR July 15 at 1:30pm – Naked Meadow, essays and poems
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. 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 July 9: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am- All About Oysters Youth Program ($5/members free)
-TU July 12: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Calusa Indian Crafts ($5+museum admission/members free);
-WE July 13 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am – The Night Life ($5/members free).
–SAT July 16: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Archeology of the Mound House. Can You Dig it? ($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:
FR July 8-Sensational Sharks! Talk
FR July 15-Florida Manatee Talk
SPIRIT OF ‘ 45
The Lee County Spirit of ‘ 45 Celebration will be held on SU, Aug 14 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. The agenda will include Dinner, Color Guard, Pledge, National Anthem, Guest Speakers, Guns & Hoses Pipes and Drums, POW/MIA Service, Hanging of Wreath and Taps. Free for WWII Veterans and their spouses. All others cost $25/person. Reservations required by Aug 4. Contact Eryka at 917-607-4385
FREE GUIDED BEACH WALK
Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore every TU at 9am. Participants meet at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd. Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Tours ~ 1 hour, weather permitting. 239-765-0865
Don’t miss Ethan Uslan, Ragtime Pianist in concert on TH July 14 at 7:30pm at The Village Church, 151 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30pm. The three-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest has performed internationally and is ideally suited for silent film accompaniment. Ethan unites the sounds of the piano with the action on the silver screen. Tickets ($21) available at shellpoint.org or by calling 239-454-2067.
The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is now open WE & TH 9am-noon at Donora & Shellmound, behind Fire Station 31. The Fort Myers Beach Art Association is a long-standing, member-operated not-for-profit art association. New members are always welcome. The Gallery is open to all with free admission. Stop by and see what amazing artists live in our midst. To learn more, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.
CHURCH SERVICE TIMES
Chapel by the Sea 10:00am
Beach United Methodist 10:30am
Beach Baptist 10:30am
St. Peter Lutheran 9:30am
St. Raphael’s Episcopal 10:00am
Ascension Catholic 8 & 10am (SA 4:30pm)
BEACH POOL SWIM LESSONS
Every child should know how to swim. Beach Pool and the FMB Kiwanis Club are joining forces to provide American Red Cross Swim Lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Fees for each session are $40, but the Kiwanis will pay $20 for children under the age of 18, making the cost only $20! The next series of lessons begin Aug 13th for Saturday sessions and July 25th for MO-TH sessions. To schedule swim lessons, call 239-463-5759 or stop by the pool. Keep children safe around water! Let the Beach Pool teach them to swim.