Bahamas Relief, Water Exercise, Tapa Hop

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    BAHAMAS RELIEF

    Stokes Marine is collecting Bahamas Relief supplies to take to Grand Bahama Island via a flotilla of volunteer boats. They will make a trip to the Bahamas this week to drop off supplies and plan to make another trip in the coming weeks. Relief supplies can be dropped off at the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 2450 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach. The items most needed: water, canned goods, manual can openers, TP, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, diapers, premixed baby formula, mosquito spray, sunscreen, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, flashlights and batteries.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    Roar Offshore Powerboat Races will be held on FMB this October. Volunteers are needed WE Oct 9 – SU Oct 13. There are many different volunteer opportunities, so call soon with your availability to get the best spot. For more information or to volunteer, visit roaroffshore.com or call 239-238-0777. Get involved in the exciting action of powerboat racing!

    WATER EXERCISE

    The Beach Community Pool has announced their fall water exercise classes. Aqua Strength, offered MO & WE at 10am beginning Sept 9, is a high energy class that will strengthen your muscles, increase your endurance and improve mobility. Class is held in the deep end of the pool using water weights. Aqua Yoga, offered every FR at 10am beginning Sept 13 is a low impact class that offers a deep stretch, relaxed mind and a fresh start to the day. Class is held in the shallow end of the pool. Water Aerobics is offered every MO, WE & FR at 9am. It is an energizing form of aerobics that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking to kickstart your fitness journey, increase joint mobility, lose weight or just have some fun, water aerobics is for you! Cost for each class is $4 if you are a Bay Oaks member or $6 for non-members. All FMB residents are eligible for a free Bay Oaks membership. See Bay Oaks to sign up. 239-765-4222

     SCARECROWS IN THE PARK

    The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation invites the community to participate in the 10th annual Scarecrows in the Park competition during the Lakes Park Fall Festival, Oct 11-27 at Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers. More than 50,000 visitors attend the Fall Festival each year. Youth groups, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals can join in the competition by fashioning custom-made scarecrows that will be displayed during the festival. Proceeds benefit park-enhancing projects and park programs. Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories on SA Oct 12 and attendees will vote for a People’s Choice award. The deadline for registration is Sept 20 at lakespark.org. For more information email info@lakespark.org.

     TURTLE LIGHTS

    Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. They must be LED bulbs. Amber LED lightbulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com. Remember to close your drapes to keep light off the beach!

    TAPA HOP

    The 17th Annual Tapa Hop will be held on TH Sept 19 from 3-10pm, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. This annual event will begin at 3pm at Fish Tale Waterfront Dining. Trolleys will then take “Hoppers” to seven different local restaurants featuring great food, cash bars, raffle prizes and a Grand Prize. Get your tickets by calling 239-454-7500.

    MORNING MEANDER

    Join a Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Sept 7 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.

    SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve hosts the Summer Story & Speaker Series on TU Sept 10 with speaker Terry Cain presenting “A Time Gone By.” Cain will discuss how various Lee County Parks received their names. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with social fellowship with food and beverages available for purchase, with Terry speaking from 6 until roughly 6:45 p.m. The final event of the “Summer Speaker & Story Series” will feature former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, who will discuss Southwest Florida environmental issues and water quality on Tuesday, October 8.

    BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS

    On SA Sept 12 beginning at 5:30pm, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.

    LITTLE LEAGUE   

    The Fort Myers Beach Little League will hold its annual meeting on MO Sept 16 at 7pm at the Bay Oaks Little League office. The purpose of the annual meeting is the election of the Board of Directors for the coming year. Only those regular members in good standing will be eligible to vote (all active volunteers from the previous season are considered in good standing, such as coaches, umpires, concession workers, etc.) Anyone who wishes to join the board is asked to attend this meeting. For more information or for an absentee ballot contact League President Shannon Orlandini at 239-285-5015.

    BEACH METHODIST

    The Beach United Methodist Church now offers Bible study on the beach across from the church each WE at 7pm.If raining, they will meet in Fellowship Hall at the church. They also offer a TU 10am Bible study in the hall. Summer Sunday worship services are held in Fellowship Hall, reached through the door that faces Beach School. Hymn Sing begins at 10:15am and services at 10:30am. All are welcome. 239-463-9656. Beachunitedmethodist.org

    ANIMAL BLESSING

    St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church will host a “Blessing of the Animals” on SA Sept 28 from 11am – 2pm. Animals will be blessed individually. The event will include a Pet Photo Booth, Pet Contests  and more! Lunch will be available for just $4. Learn more about Turtle Time, Shorebird Stewardship Program, Everglades Wonder Garden and the Lee County Sheriff’s K9 teams. Bring your animal to be blessed! To participate in the Cutest Pet Photo Contest, text your photo now to 239-463-1079. 5601 Williams Dr, FMB. 239-463-6057.

    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 Sept 13 – Sea Turtle Talk

    FR Sept 20 – Gopher Tortoise Walk

    TU Sept 24 – Fishing Clinic

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers over 86,000 titles. Browse the collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or view the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    FR Sept 6: 10:30am – Intro to Balance University, pre-register

    MO Sept 9 10:30am – Associate Phase, Balance University, pre-register

    MO Sept 9 2:30pm – After School Matinee: “Finding Dory”

    TU Sept 10 2:15 – 3:15pm – Dog Day, pre-register

    MO Sept 16 10:30am – History of Fort Myers Beach, pre-register

    MOUND HOUSE

    Mound House offers a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside with an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Moundhouse.org Upcoming programs include:

    SA Sept 7: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –  Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    TU Sept 10: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Sept 11: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    FR Sept 13: 6pm-Tidal Swamps & Superstitions Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Sept 14: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm –Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour