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    There’s always something to do on Fort Myers Beach! Pick up a copy of SAND LIFE today for a complete list of all the fun events on the beach! Also check inside the back cover of this issue of the Sand Paper for the most current listing of live music on the beach!

     FUN RUN

    The Beach Kiwanis Club invites everyone to their annual 5K Fun Run on SA Dec 26. Registration begins at 7:00am and the run begins at 8am. This year the event will be held on the beach across from Chapel by the Sea. Park at Chapel.

    BRIDGE CLOSED

    The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to on-island traffic right after fireworks from 12:15-1:15am on New Year’s Eve to allow traffic to exit the island as quickly as possible.

     BIRTHDAY PARTY

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach is celebrating its 20th birthday and everyone is invited! On Thursday, Dec. 31, head to Time Square for cupcakes, noisemakers and party hats from 12-2pm. Several notable local speakers have been invited to reflect on the Town’s first 20 years in Time Square. Free and open to all. C’mon down!

    CONCERT SERIES

    The Friends of the Arts (FOA) Concert Series will offer two January concerts. On Friday, January 15, Glen Leonard & Hitsville will take listeners on a musical journey back in time to simpler times, through the magic of Motown. Led by Glen Leonard, lead singer of the Temptations from 1975-1983, this group of talented musicians will showcase the music of The Supremes, Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson. On Thursday, January 21, Al Holland, another Motown veteran, returns for his third appearance with the concert series, this time with his Nashville band offering a variety of blues, pop and Motown. All FOA concerts are held from 7-9pm in a cabaret-like setting in the Propeller Room, one of Fish Tale Marina’s boat barns transformed into a professional music venue with lights and sound. Light snacks and a cash bar are available. Tickets are $25/concert and are available now at the Fish Tale office. Concerts have sold out in past years, so get tickets early.

     PLANT SALE

    The Lakes Park Fragrance Garden will host a plant sale from 9am-Noon the last Weds of the month through April at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers. Most of the plants for sale have been grown in the Fragrance garden from cuttings or seed, so visitors can see the mature plant in its natural setting. Selection includes succulents, small trees, native plants, herbs, bromeliads, roses, spider lily bulbs and more. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions. $1/hr parking with max of $5/day.

    DOO WOP FESTIVAL

    Head to Santini Plaza for the Do Wop Festival and Street Bazaar on SA Jan 9 from 9am-1pm. DJ Larry will be spinning 50’s & 60’s tunes all day. The restaurants of Santini will be serving their delicious specialties on site, with Margaritas and Blood Mary’s available.

     MOUND HOUSE

    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House has recently been restored to its 1921 grandeur and is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site 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 through Dec 31st, then TU-SA same times. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. Town residents half price with proof of residency. 451 Connecticut St.

     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:

    -Beethoven’s Eroica TH Jan 14 at 7:30pm

    -Ashu: Saxophonist SA Jan 16 at 7pm

    -Duke Ellington Orchestra MO Jan 25 at 7:30pm

     FREE VETERANS WELLNESS FAIR

    Area veterans re invited to participate in a Free Veterans Wellness Fair on SA Jan 16 from 9am-3pm at the American Legion Post 274, 899 Buttonwood Dr. Screening services are offered in Internal Medicine, Eye Care, Audiology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Radiology, Dentistry, Diabetes Testing, Immunizations, PT & Fitness, Home Health and Assisted Living, Park Royal Hospital, Mobile Mammograms, VA Clinic Benefit Counseling and more. No apt necessary. For more information, call Bob Penta 774-275-4060.

     CAR SHOW

    The Caribbean Car Show will be held on MO Jan 4 from 5-7pm at Salty Sam’s Marina. The show includes hot rods, custom trucks and classic cars. Free and open to the public. Show is held the first Monday of the month through April. 239-463-3257.

     BEACH LIBRARY

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

    MO Dec 28, 10:30am –Drawing; 1:30pm Writing Class

    TU Dec 29, 10:30am – Basic Computers, pre-register

    TH Dec 31 Library closes at 2pm. Closed New Year’s Day

     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

    CALOOSA CARVERS DEMONSTRATIONS

    Join the Caloosa Carvers on the grounds of Mound House from 9:30am-noon on TU Jan 5, for wood carving demonstrations featuring several replica artifacts from the Calusa culture. They return on TU Jan 19. 451 Connecticut St.

    TOOLS OF THE CALUSA

    This hands on demonstration will explore how the most powerful Native American tribe in SWFL crafted their tools, weapons and implements of daily life from their natural surroundings. TU Jan 5 at 11am and 2pm at the Mound House. Cost $5. Go to ticket office prior to tour time. 451 Connecticut St.

    MEDIEVAL FAIRE

    The Kiwanis Club of Riverdale will hold their 20th Annual Kiwanis Medieval Faire on Jan 9-10 and Jan 16-17 at Lakes Regional Park. Jugglers, Jousters, Minstrels, a Human Chess Match, rides, games & more. Entry is $15/adults; $5/children under 13 and toddlers free. www.medieval-faire.com

    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:

    TH Dec 31 – Fishing Clinic; Black Island Bike Tour

    FR Jan 1 – Shoreline Exploration Walk

     HEALTH WORKSHOP

    St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop beginning on Jan 8. Conducted by Lee Memorial Health System, the free six-session program focuses on effectively dealing with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer and also offers help in communicating with health care providers. Pre-registration required. Call 239-424-3122.

     WATERFRONT TOURS

    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry. Reservations required 239-765-8101.

     FOLKS COOKBOOK

    Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) will be selling their 200-page cookbook filled with recipes from FOKS members and a few local chefs. $15. Proceeds support the park. Available Dec 18 by special order. Call Flo to order at 630-542-2435 or order online at friendsofloverskey.org.