VOLUNTEER BOATER NEEDED
Attention Early Birds! Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is looking for a dedicated volunteer boater to sample water quality in Estero Bay monthly as part of a long-term citizen science program, the Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network. This is a great opportunity to learn about water sampling and contribute to a long-term dataset used by natural resource managers throughout Florida. Requires initial training, sample from their own vessel at sunrise on the first Monday of each month, and attend biannual refresher trainings. All sampling equipment (other than the boat) is provided. Contact Rebecca at 239-530-1002 or Rebecca.Cray@floridadep.gov for more information.
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will host its monthly, community Spaghetti Dinner on SA Jan 11 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $15/person with kids 10 and under free. Wine tickets 2 for $5. 100 Chapel St, FMB.
Bayside Estates Men’s Club will host a monthly Pancake Breakfast on SU Jan 12 from 8-11am at the Bayside Recreation Hall. Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, OJ and all you can eat pancakes for just $5. For another $1, get a made to order omelet. Bayside Estates is located just off San Carlos Blvd, south of Pine Ridge Rd. Proceeds support Hope Hospice.
On SU, Jan 12, gospel singer Dan Schall will perform at the 9:30am worship service at Beach United Methodist Church. Schall has performed at churches and concerts across the country for over 30 years. All are welcome to attend. Free will offering will be accepted. Social time & refreshments begin at 9am, with the worship service at 9:30am. Sunday School follows at 10:45am. Flip flops and shorts welcome. 155 Bay Rd, FMB.
Join the Estero Island Historic Society on MO Jan 13 at 7pm at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr, FMB, to hear award-winning historical author Robert Macomber present “The Sailor Who Changed History.” Learn the real story of master navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus and his four history-making voyages which yielded triumph and treachery, and the mysteries which surround him to this very day. Cookies and punch will be served. Open to the public. Free, donations welcomed.
MOUND HOUSE LECTURE
The Mound House Lecture Series continues on TU Jan 14 with Tonya Wiley speaking on “Florida Sawfish: A Past, Present & Future Look.” Refreshments at 5:30pm; Lecture at 6pm. Cost $5/person (MH members free) Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865, Lectures are held on the 2nd TU each month through April. 451 Connecticut.
BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS
Learn how to dance the Foxtrot, Jitterbug, Waltz, ChaCha and Electric Slide with a free series of dance lessons. Begin with the basics and then move into the fancy steps. Put a little more fun in your life & use your newfound dancing skills at the monthly dinner dances at Ascension. Classes on WE at 2pm at Ascension Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd. Next lesson Jan 15. Bring a partner to dance with. Call Ken or Dee for more information 239-765-7737.
The public is invited to participate in a Town Branding workshop at Bay Oaks Rec Center on WE, Jan 15 from 2:30 – 6pm. All are invited to come and share their ideas with the RMA team responsible for town branding efforts.
MOUND HOUSE HISTORY
The Friends of the Mound House invites the public to attend their annual meeting featuring Bill Grace who will speak about the acquisition of the Mound House. The presentation begins at 4:30pm with a board meeting following Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. 451 Connecticut St, with additional parking at 216 Connecticut.
BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE
Shell Point Retirement Community will host a performance by “Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute” on TH Jan 16 at 7pm in the Village Church. These five talented musicians have performed with musicians from Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth, Wind & Fire, Cheap Trick & more. They perform over 80 concerts each year across the country. Tickets are $40. 239-454-2067.
In celebration of Florida’s Arbor Day, the Town of Fort Myers Beach will give host an Adopt-a-Tree event. Residents, FMB based business owners and non-profits are eligible to adopt a native tree at no cost. Choose either a Gumbo Limbo or Seagrape tree, each in 7-gallon containers. Trees must be planted within the Town of FMB on private property. A required application and placement guidelines are available on the town’s website: fmbgov.com. Proof of eligibility is required. Pick up will be FR, Jan 17 from 9am – noon at the Bay Oaks Rec Center parking lot near the Beach Pool.
SMART DRIVER CLASS
AARP will host a Smart Driver Course at Chapel by the Sea on FR Jan 17 from 9:30am-4pm in Silver Hall. Learn defensive driving techniques, safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Register at Chapel@chapelbts.org or call 239-463-3173. 100 Chapel St, FMB.
The Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library accepts gently used books, 2019-2020 magazines, audio and DVDs for their upcoming book sales. Drop off your donations at the Library’s first floor staff station. This month’s sale on Jan 18 & 19 will include small plants and delicious baked goods by the Estero Island Garden Club. Book Sales are also planned for Feb 15 & 16 and Mar 21 & 22.
MAIN STREET BAZAAR
Head to San Carlos Island for their Main Street Community and Business Bazaar on SA Jan 18 from 8am -1pm. Plenty of yard sales, tools, furniture, great food & more! Parking at Port Carlos Cove.
The Ascension Knights of Columbus will host their annual ‘Right to Life’ Dinner Dance on SA Jan 18 at Ascension Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB. Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Side-by-Side. Tickets $30/person. Proceeds support the Immokalee Pregnancy Center. Doors open at 5:30pm. For tickets and more information call George 630-546-4801 or Jim 937-545-4751.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Beach United Methodist Church is hosting a GriefShare Support Group on Mondays from 1-3pm in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who has lost a loved one who would benefit from a loving compassionate group to help deal with their loss is welcome to attend. Join the group at any time. For more information call 239-463-9656. 155 Bay Rd, FMB.
BOATING SAFETY CLASS
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a one day Boating Safety Class on SA Jan 18 from 9am to 4pm. This beginner boating class will give the novice recreational boater the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. The class is held at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15660 Pine Ridge Rd, Fort Myers. Cost $45/person. Advanced registration is required: Call 239-690-6780 x1 or at bit.ly/BoatClassFMB
YOGA AT THE GAZEBO
Friends of Lovers Key State Park offers Yoga at the beach Gazebo every MO morning at the park at 9:30am through May. Instructor Sandy McShane offers an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow. $10/class plus park entry fee. Participation helps support the future Welcome & Discovery Center. Bring a yoga mat, water and any props you need. Arrive in time to park and take the tram to the beach. For more info call 774-563-8874
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will hold its January meeting on WE, Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. The speaker, Adam Catasus, is a Marine Biologist from The Water Division of FGCU. Water quality is a critical topic on our island and anyone is welcome to attend by contacting Jan Fleming at email@example.com by Jan. 12. The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation, dedicated to working cooperatively to improve the quality of life in FMB and surrounding communities, meets the 3rd WE; October – May. For more information, visit www.fortmyersbeachcf.com
Lee County is one of the top recycling counties in the state of Florida. Make sure that what you place in your recycling bin truly belongs there. Don’t be a Wish-cycler! (Someone who tosses questionable items in the recycle bin and hopes they can somehow be recycled.) Don’t toss anything in the bin with food left on it. DO NOT RECYCLE THESE ITEMS IN LEE COUNTY: Plastic bags of any kind with any number on them, wire or plastic hangers, Styrofoam anything, waxed cardboard (ice cream tubs, milk containers, juice boxes), anything with food or dirt on it or greasy pizza boxes (trash the greasy bottom, tear off the clean top and recycle. Learn more at bit.ly/FMBrecycle
Join other music lovers each TH at 5pm in Bowditch Point Park for acoustically led classics from Motown to 60’s classics and more. Free with paid parking. Warm up starts at 4:45pm. Bring a chair! Ends in time to enjoy the sunset.