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    Keep up with what’s happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for everything going on here at the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.

     KIDS FISHING TOURNAMENT

    Ostego Bay Foundation will host the 25th Annual 4th of July Kid’s Fishing Tournament on SA July 1st at Bonita Bills Waterfront Café at 702 Fisherman’s Wharf on San Carlos Island. All kids are welcome to participate in this free tournament. Fishing starts at 9am and continues through noon with just three rules: One pole/child; one hook/pole and have fun! Lunch at noon of hot dogs, chips & cookies followed by the awards. All free for kids. Sponsored by Ostego Bay Foundation and area businesses.

     SWIM LESSONS

    Summer is swim lesson time. The Beach pool offers lessons for just $20 thanks to the support of the Beach Kiwanis Club’s “Every Child a Swimmer” program. The next weekday sessions will be June 26-July 7 and July 17-27. The next Saturday session will be July 29-Sept 2. For more information and class times call the pool at 239-463-5759.

     BRUCE DAY

    Celebrate the life and generosity of Bruce Cermak at the “Love for Bruce” Day on SU July 2 starting at 1pm at the Surf Club. The day will include a Harry Chapin Food Drive and Luau, with free leis with any food donation. There will also be contests that will keep the fun rolling all afternoon. Hula Hoop, Limbo, Best Dressed Hawaiian. And free food – hot dogs, Chicago –style. Live music, guest bartenders, photo memories of Bruce. Bring your food donation starting at 1pm and honor the memory of this great guy who never met someone in need without helping.

     BEACH POOL

    The Beach Pool, located at Bay Oaks Recreation Center is now open 7 days a week. MO-SA 10am-6pm and SU 12-6pm. The inflatable Aqua Glide Obstacle course will be in the pool June 30-July 2. During the summer, it will be in place the first and last weekends of each month FR-SU. Water Aerobics is offered every MO, WE & FR from 9-10am. Cost is $4 for Bay Oaks members; $6 for non-members. Open Lap Swim is offered each Sunday at 10am. For more information call 239-463-5759.

     SPIRIT OF ‘45

    Sponsors are urgently needed for this annual tribute to WWII veterans! Area businesses and individuals are asked to consider becoming a sponsor so this program is able to continue to recognize area WWII veterans. Sponsorships start at just $50. Thank them for their service by sponsoring this great event! To help, call Eryka at 917-607-4385. The Spirit of ’45 event will be held SU August 13 from 4:15-7:15pm at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort. It includes a Color Guard, POW/MIA Service, Guest Speakers, Guns ‘N Hoses & bagpiper performances, several speeches by area veterans, Taps and more. Event is free for WWII veterans their WWII generation spouses. For all others, the cost is $25. Reservations required by Aug 1. Call Eryka 917-607-4385.

     4th of July

    Sign up now for the 10am FMB parade that will begin at Bay Rd and continue to Times Square. The Parks & Rec Dept will organize an American trivia contest and patriotic crafts fun along with a watermelon eating contest in Times Square from 1-3pm. Fireworks will begin between 9-9:15pm from the pier. The Matanzas Pass Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 9:15am-noon. It will close again from 9-11:30pm to traffic coming onto the island as they will use all lanes for exiting traffic after the fireworks. Sign up for the parade by emailing Sarah@fmbgov.com or call 239-765-4222 for more information.

     5th of July

    Mark  your calendar for the morning after the big fireworks show because your help is needed for a beach clean-up on July 5th from 8-10am. Meet at the Times Square clock to get your gloves and bags to help our beach sparkle! Sponsored by the FMB Community Foundation and Keep Lee  County Beautiful. Additional clean ups are planned for Bunche Beach and Dog Beach.

    BLOOD DRIVES

    The need for blood donations rises in the summer just as snowbird donors head north. Can you donate blood this month? Blood drives are scheduled in our area:

    TH June 29 from 7:30-11:30am at FMB Fire Station #31, 3043 Estero Blvd, FMB

    TH June 29 from 12:30-3:30pm at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, FMB

    SA July 22 Kenny Conidaris Blood Drive at Lani Kai Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd, FMB

    SPAGHETTI DINNER

    Join Island friends and family at Chapel by the Sea for an Italian Spaghetti Dinner on SA July 8 from 5-7pm in Silver Hall. On the menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers & onion, salad, garlic bread, dessert, cold drinks & coffee. $10 adults; $5 kids under 10 and Public Safety Personnel in uniform or with ID. Everyone welcome. Proceeds benefit the fund for kitchen renovation.

    MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE

    Islanders are invited to comment on the new 10-year management plan for Matanzas Pass Preserve. The plan has been updated to reflect the work done on the preserve site and is available for pubic review until July 18 at the Beach Library or online at bit.ly/mppnewplan A public meeting will be held on TU July 18 at 4:30pm at the Red Coconut Clubhouse, 3001 Estero Blvd, FMB. Written comments and questions may be given at the meeting, sent via email to caintb@leegov.com or mailed to Terry Cain, 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

    SUMMER BREAKSPOT

    Beach Elementary School is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, “Summer Breakspot.” Any child age 18 and younger can receive a free meal at any Breakspot location. No forms, no cost. From June 5 through July 28, excluding July 4th, lunch will be offered at Beach School from 11am-12pm each Monday-Friday. It’s totally free, no sign up required. An adult must accompany children. For more information on Beach School Breakspot call 239-463-7430. Other locations serving on the same dates include Harlem Heights Elementary School at 15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, offering breakfast from 9-9:30am MO-FR and lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Call 570-939-2959 for more Harlem Heights info. Also Lakes Park at 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers will offer lunch from 12-12:30pm and a snack from 3-3:30pm. Call 239-826-4233 for more Lakes Park info.

    MOUND HOUSE

    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. 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 at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA June 24 – 8:30 am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am – Crafting with Nature; 2pm-Guided Tour.

    TU June 27 – 9am Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 9am Beach Nesting Birds; 10am Calusa Indian Art & Culture; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour

    WE June 28 –10am Scents of the Garden; 11am Guided Tour; 2pm Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the library’s many collections or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Anyone looking for a good beach read should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar on the 3rd floor is now open MO-FR 9am-12pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    MO June 26 at 10:30am – Memory Improvement

    FR June 30 from 9am-4pm – Piano Lessons for Children-must pre-register by TU prior.

    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 June 30 – Black Island Bike Tour