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    MORNING MEANDER

    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA June 1 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.

     

    MEET LIBRARY ARTIST

    The Fort Myers Beach Library Artist of the Month for June & July is Berry van Boekel, whose exhibit, “The Top 100,” features about two dozen paintings based on “The Top 100” musical artists he selects each year, with this exhibit focusing on the years 2012 to 2014. The FMB Library will host a “Meet The Artist” session with van Boekel on FR June 7 at 2pm. To view the “Top 100” exhibit, visit the Fort Myers Beach Library’s 3rd Floor Gallery through We July 31. The Library is at 2755 Estero Boulevard, with hours Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm; Saturdays 9am-1pm and closed Sundays and holidays, including Thursday, The Fourth of July. For more information, see www.fmb.lib.fl.us or call 239-765-8162. To check out more of Berry’s works, see berrystop100.blogstop.com.

     

    CHAMBER GOLF

    Calling all golfers! Sign up now! The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on FR June 7 at The Spring Run Golf Club in  Bonita Springs. Open to the public. Registration is $100/person or $350/team and includes an 18-hole round, BBQ lunch, amazing prizes and raffles. Sponsorships still available. To register contact the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or events@fmbchamber.com

    KIWANIS CLUB

    Join the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club! Their new flexible meeting schedule offers either lunch or dinner meetings each month. Be part of this service club focused on serving our community and our children. All meetings are held in Bonita Bill’s meeting room at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. (Under the bridge on San Carlos Island.) Their lunch meetings are held at noon. The next lunch meeting will be held on FR June 7. Dinner meetings are held at 5:30pm and the next one is on June 20. Additional summer lunch meetings will be held on July 5, August 9 and Sept. 6; Dinner meetings on July 18, Aug 22 and Sept 19. Anyone interested in knowing more about Kiwanis Clubs, locally and internationally, are invited to attend club meetings. For information, please contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at (239)454-8090.

    BATTLE ON THE BLUEWAY

    The 5th annual Battle on the Blueway will take place on SA June 8 at Crescent Beach Park. This competitive race event for paddling enthusiasts includes events for standup paddleboarders (SUP) as well as kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf skis. Events include 7-mile and 2-mile races plus a Special Olympics Unified Fun Race. First race is at 9am. The unified relay race is approximately 10:45am. More than 100 paddlers attended the 2018 event. Local participants are welcome, but there will be no race day registration. To register visit Battle on the Blueway. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics – Lee County SUP Team.

    SPAGHETTI DINNER

    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will host its monthly Spaghetti Dinner on SA June 8 from 5-7pm. Come join this friendly community dinner, open to all. Menu features spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers and onions, salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert, all for just $10/person. Children 10 and under free. Wine tickets 2 for $5.

    SUMMER SERIES

    The next program in the free “Friends of the Matanzas Pass Preserve Summer Story & Speaker Series” is TU, June 11, when Jason Boeckman presents “Conservation in Your Community: Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 Program,” to share how conservation works for you! Conservation areas protect our water supply and quality, habitat for wildlife, and maintains green space for public recreation. The Lee County Conservation 20/20 Program provides residents and visitors access to nearly 30,000 acres of nature preserves to enjoy hiking trails, wildlife observation, and outdoor activities. The Speaker Series is the second Tuesday of each month through October at Tuckaway Café at 2301 Estero Boulevard. Programs begins at 5:30pm for social fellowship and to purchase food or drinks from Tuckaway, with the speaker beginning at 6pm. For information, contact Vicki Little at
    239-470-9715 or matanzaspass@gmail.com.

    MOUND HOUSE KAYAK TOURS

    Enjoy the beauty of the back bay with a Kayak Tour at the Mound House. All paddling equipment is provided and museum admission is included in these tours. Weather permitting. Reservations are required for all tours by calling 239-765-0865.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour is offered at 8am on SA June 1, 8, 15 & 22; WE June 5, TH June 13, 20 & 27. This tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay. Guided by Dexter Norris, Mound House Environmental Educator. For ages 12 & up$45 fee. (Members $15)

    Sunset Kayak Tour is offered FR June 7, & FR June 21 at around 6:30pm. Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset, exact time available on registration. Explore the tidal creeks and mangrove tunnels in the backwaters of Estero Bay. Experience the estuary’s abundant life in the quiet of twilight. $45 fee.(Members $15)

    Family Fun Kayak Tour is offered WE June 12, June 19, and June 26 and SA June 29  at 8am. This tour, designed for parents and their children ages 6 & up, offers instruction on land before heading out at an easy relaxed pace. Paddlers look for wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphins as they paddle through the mangroves of Estero Bay. $25 ages 13 and up; $15 ages 6-12. (Members $10)

    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. Amber 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.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    TH June 6: 10:30am-Memory Improvement, pre-register

    FR June 7: 10:30am-Family Matinee at the Library, “X-men First Class”

    MO June 10: 10:30am-Wiindows 10,pre-register

    TU June 11: 10-11am-Dog Day kids’ reading.

    HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES

    Hurricane Season begins June 1. Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, passes may be required to re-enter the island. If you have a Purple (resident) or Yellow (business) pass, they are valid for the 2019 season. If you do not already have one of those, pick up an application at Town Hall or online at The Town of Fort Myers Beach website: fmbgov.com Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-765-0202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!

    MOUND HOUSE

    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including 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 exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA June 1: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour;

    1pm – Guided Museum Tour;

    TU June 4: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE June 5: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    FR June 7: 6:30pm-Sunset Kayak Tour

    SA June 8: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour;10am-Fun with Pottery; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    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:

    WE June 5 – Manatee Talk

    FR June 7 – Sea Turtle Talk

    WE June 12 – Beginning Photography

    FR June 14 – Walk on the Wild Side