The Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival is seeking Princesses ages 16-21 to participate in the Shrimp Queen Pageant. The Pageant and Parade are on March 9. Call Fran Peters for more information 239-243-4245.
Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Feb 2 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans & cornbread. Soda, beer and wine available. $20/per person.
To vote in the March 5 election, Fort Myers Beach voters must be registered by MO, Feb 4. To register, change your registration or request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, visit lee.vote or call 239-LEE-VOTE (239-533-8683).
LAKE O PLANNING
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to provide input on the development of a new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual and Lake O Release Schedule (LORS) which determines when and how much water is released from Lake O. Members of the public are asked to help identify issues with the current release schedule, what aspects should be changed and how they should be implemented. The only West coast meeting will be TU Feb 5 from 1-3pm & 6-8pm at the Lee County Mosquito Control District Training Center, 15191 Homestead Rd, Lehigh Acres, FL. For a full meeting schedule and links to the current manual and LORS, visit bit.ly/newLORS Comments will be accepted through March 31, 2019 at LakeOComments@usace.army.mil
ROCHESTER NY REUNION
The 15th Annual Rochester NY Fort Myers Reunion Party will be held at Matanzas on the Bay on TU Feb 5 from 11am – 2pm. Featuring Zweigle’s Red & White Hots, a hot buffet, Genesee Beer, live entertainment & more. Meet & greet people from Rochester and all over Upstate NY & Canada. Tickets $14. Reservations required by 6pm MO Feb 4 by emailing Warren at RochesterHistory@Rochester.RR.com
Snowbirds and northern transplants – looking for a touch of home? Head to The Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill for State Days 2019. From 11am-6pm, you’ll find food and beverage from the featured state on these days: Feb. 6 – New York; Feb 13 – Canada; Feb 20 – Ohio and Feb 27 – Wisconsin. For more info call 239-463-3043. 2200 Main St., FMB. See the full State Days schedule: www.originalshrimpdock.com/state-days
Residents and visitors are invited to join the Sea Dolphins Walking Group that meets at Chapel by the Sea every TU at 9:30am. Meet on the patio for an easy 30-min. walk through nearby neighborhoods and the beach. 100 Chapel St., FMB
The Friends of the Arts Winter Concert Series will host a concert by “The British Invasion” on TH Feb 7 at 7pm at the Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd, FMB. This band offers the ultimate tribute to 60’s British rock from the Animals to the Zombies. Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermit’s, Hollies & more. The Winter Concert Series concludes March 14, with ‘The Atlantic City Boys’ channeling Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Tickets $25. Available at fmbarts.org or by calling
SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET
Mark TH Feb 7 on your calendar for the next Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Free Acoustic Concert at the beachfront gazebo at Lovers Key State Park. Seating is available for the first 80 people, so bring chairs or a blanket to sit on the sand. A Beach BBQ to benefit the park’s new Welcome & Discovery Center begins at 3:15pm. The concert begins at 4:15pm. This month, the featured songwriters are Tim McGeary, Carlene Thissen and Marie Nofsinger. The concert is free with paid park entry.
The first annual Spring Fling event will showcase works by Shell Point residents on FR Feb 8 and SA Feb 9 from 9am-2pm at Shell Point Retirement Village. Enjoy art, photography, jewelry, woodcarving, pottery, glasswork, fiber art, handcrafted items and more. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call
On SA Feb 9, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church hosts “Sinatra – His Life Story” in their newly remodeled Comfort Hall. This musical play is a Tony Sands Production with Mr. Sands portraying Frank Sinatra. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show: 7-8:30pm. Photo ops with Tony as Ol’ Blue Eyes after the show. Tickets are $35 and include two drink tickets for beer, wine or soda. Reservations required. Call Laurie to reserve your seat. 239-463-1079. 5601 Williams Dr., FMB.
Meet the candidates in the March 5 Town Council election at two Candidate Forums. On MO Feb 11 at 6pm at Beach Baptist Church, the Estero Island Taxpayers Association will host a forum with Ed & Kim Ryan moderating. Refreshments by Mango Street Inn. On WE Feb 13 at 6pm at the Propeller Room at Fish Tale Marina, the FMB Chamber of Commerce will host their “Commotion by the Ocean” candidate forum. Light refreshments provided by the Chamber. Cash bar by Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining.
FRIENDS OF MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve invite the public to attend their Annual Meeting on TU Feb 12 at 5pm at Tuckaway Café, 2301 Estero Blvd, FMB. Following a short business meeting, a reception will be held. All are invited to attend.
The Estero Island Garden Club invites the Island community to their 2nd annual Valentine’s Eve Gala on WE Feb 13 from 7-9pm at Historic St. Raphael’s Church at 5601 William’s Dr, FMB. The Gala includes wine, beer, appetizers & desserts, plus a Botanical Raffle, Silent Auction, music and fun! Tickets are $25/person. Call Cindy for tickets 614-581-6773.
LOVE AT LOVERS KEY
Couples can still sign up to renew their vows in a non-denominational service on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, at Lovers Key State Park. But you need to act quickly. Reservations are available for the 10am and 1pm ceremonies for the very popular “Love at Lover’s Key” 10th annual vow renewal event held at the gazebo on the beach. Each ceremony includes a Champagne toast, meal, coffee and cake, photo opportunities and door prizes. Fee is $100 per couple, a non-refundable donation to the park’s new Welcome and Discovery Center. To register, go to Eventbrite.com and enter “vow” under event and both time slots will appear. For more information call 630-542-2435
The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will host their annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 in the Ascension Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm. Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Sanchez Entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Knights’ local charities. Tickets $25/person and are available at the gazebo after weekend masses, at the door or by calling George 630-546-4801 or Pietro 239-284-6516.
Beach United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for their Valentine Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 at 6pm. A donation of $12/person will be taken. For more information call 239-463-9656.
LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE
The FMB Woman’s Club will host a five week class on how to play bridge beginning on TU Feb 19 from 2-5pm and continuing the next four Tuesdays. Cost: $15 for 5-week class and includes a copy of Audrey Grant’s Bridge Basics 1. Space is limited, and interested parties should contact Claire Langer at 239-292-1900.
TEA BY THE SEA
Amidst the picturesque sailboats, boat docks and pelicans, the Ostego Bay Foundation’s Annual Tea by the Sea and Fashion Show will be held SA Feb 23 from 11am – 1pm at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, 700 Fisherman’s Wharf. Tickets $25/person. Advance reservations required. Call 239-765-8101.
The Beach School PTO will host the 2nd annual High Rollin’ on the Beach gaming fundraiser on SA Feb 23 from 6-10pm at the FMB Woman’s Club. This year’s theme is “Lucky Hearts.” Tickets are $50/person or a VIP table for 8 is $600. Tickets include food courtesy of The Dog House, musical entertainment, cash bar and $10,000 in Fun Money. Buy tickets online at Highrollinonthebeach.eventsmart.com. Email any questions to HighRollin@fmbpto.org
PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
Mark your calendar for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on SA, March 16. Parade begins at 10am at Santini Plaza and ends at Ascension Church. Participants must register with Parade Chairman Ray Murphy by calling 591-8803 or emailing email@example.com