OPEN (FIRE) HOUSE
The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department invites the community to join them for a Celebration Open House on SA Mar 30 from 11am – Noon at Station 33, 121 Lenell Rd, FMB. Come join your Fire Department in celebration of the district’s 70th Birthday and to honor Chief Matt Love’s recognition as the Lee County Fire Chief of the Year. Light refreshments will be provided.
BAY OAKS HOURS
Beginning SA April 1, Bay Oaks Recreation Center hours will be MO – FR 7:30am – 8pm; SA 10am – 8pm. The Beach Pool is now open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm. For more information on Bay Oaks programs and classes, call 239-765-4222.
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Apr 1 from 4-7pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Have a great car? Get arrive early for parking and registration. Free to show; free to look. 239-463-3257.
SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET
Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park for the final Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Free Acoustic Concert of the season on TH Apr 4. The Beach BBQ begins at 4:45pm; Concert at 5:45pm. Artists will be Ross Jordan, Bob Williams and Bill Metts. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs, then enjoy a fabulous Lovers Key sunset. Concert is free with paid park entry. Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people); $4 for single person in vehicle; $2 for pedestrians/bicyclists.
Shell Point Retirement Village presents Siberian Virtuosi on TH Apr 4 at 7pm at the Village Church at Shell Point. Eleven violists and a pianist comprise the award-winning Siberian Virtuosi, the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha. Siberian Virtuosi’s eclectic repertoire combines Bach, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and many more. Guests will hear the Siberian Virtuosi’s masterful execution of well-known classical pieces and will enjoy music by special guests and featured clarinetist, Julian Milkis. Tickets $40 available online at or by calling 239-454-2067.
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve invite the public to attend a 40th Anniversary Dedication Celebration on SA, Apr 6 at 10am at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199, Bay Rd, FMB. The celebration will include guided tours, food, vendors, recognition of Preserve supporters and entertainment by Sheena Brook.
Mark your calendar now for the 12th Annual Cruisers Appreciation Day on SA, Apr 6 from 12-3pm in the Matanzas on the Bay courtyard. Free admission for all with BBQ, live entertainment, drinks, door prizes and friendly Island hospitality – all to celebrate the cruisers who frequent the Fort Myers Beach mooring field. The field provides 70 mooring balls available for rental by the day, week or month. For more information on the event or the mooring field, call Matanzas on the Bay at 239-463-9258.
The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation invites everyone to join them for Fashion Flamingle, a fashion show and luncheon at South Beach Grille on SA Apr 6 from 11am – 2pm. Fashions provided by Palmetto’s and The Islander. Tickets $35. For information and reservations, call Bobbi Kemp 724-272-4910.
Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the last monthly Shrimp Dinner of the season offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Apr 6 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans & cornbread. Beverages available. $20/per person.
DINING DISCOUNT BOOK
The 2019 Lee County Delicious Dining Discount Book from the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is now available for just $28 online, includes shipping. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One Free) dining discounts at 56 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so order yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need.
“America’s Boating Course,” a two part boating safety course that covers hull design, docking, anchoring, handling boat emergencies, reading channel markers and other topics to make each boating experience safer and more enjoyable, will be offered on SA April 6 from 8:15am -12:30pm. Part 2 will be held on SA April 13 at the same time. Offered by the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron and America’s Boating Club, the class will be held at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. Cost is $60. Register online at www.scbps.com or call
239-466-4040. Florida requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1988 to have passed a safe boating course and obtain a Boating Safety Education ID card in order to operate a boat with over 10 hp. This course qualifies.
FLORIDA IN THE CIVIL WAR
Join the Estero Island Historic Society on Mo, Apr 8 at 7pm for a free presentation, “Florida in the Civil War? Believe it!” by Eliot Kleinberg. Learn about Florida’s role in the Civil War blockade, its critical battles, the tragedy of the governor, the veterans who founded many Florida cities and how some people are still fighting the war. And was the war the reason Florida now has 21 million people?
Beach Elementary School is looking for Kindergarten students on Estero Island or San Carlos Island who will be 5 years of age by September 1, 2019. They will hold their Annual Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2019-20 School Year at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School on Tuesday, April 9 from 9:30 am – 11 am. If your Kindergarten-aged child will be attending Fort Myers Beach Elementary for the 2019-20 School Year, please call the school office at 239-463-6356 to let them know you would like to join them for Roundup.
EIHS GARDEN PARTY
The Estero Island Historic Society has announced its first Garden Party fundraiser and celebration to be held on SA Apr 13 from 10am – 1pm at the Historic Cottages, 161 Bay Road, FMB. Beautiful homemade quilts by EIHS Board Member Ann Alsop will be available for purchase, plus unique crocheted handcrafts. Enjoy lemonade & cookies as you browse.
Join Keep Lee County beautiful (KLCB) at a networking event on SA Apr 13 from 8-9am at Lovers Key State Park. Enjoy a light breakfast as you connect with local businesses, individuals, organization and community leaders interested in keeping Lee County a pristine place to live, work and play. Following breakfast, attendees may participate in a Global Youth Service Day cleanup. Free lunch provided for clean-up volunteers. RSVP by email to Tisha@klcb.org.
FMB FILM FESTIVAL
Mark your calendar now for the 13th Annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival on April 24-28. Shorts, features, workshops, filmmakers, awards, over 100 films. Something for all ages.
BEACH KIDS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Beach Kids Foundation is now accepting applications for its Scholarship Program. Applications are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling
239-980-0661 or 239-297-3500. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award ceremony will be held June 17 at the Lani Kai Resort.
REELING FOR AUTISM
Family Initiative, Inc, a SWFL nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and families dealing with autism, will hold a fishing tournament and silent auction on SA Apr 27 at Nervous Nellie’s. The family-friendly event will feature live music and raffles 11am – 6pm; a silent auction 11am-4pm and an opportunity for families of children with autism to connect with each other. The Fishing Tournament will run from 7:30am – 3:30pm and the 1st Place winner will receive $1,500; 2nd Place $1,000 and 3rd Place $500. Registration information is available by emailing email@example.com.
LOVERS KEY YOGA
The Friends of Lovers Key State Park offers Monday morning Yoga at the Gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park at 9:30am every Monday through May. Instructor Sandy McShane provides an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow yoga for $10/class plus park entry fee. Participation helps to fund the future Welcome & Discovery Center. Bring a yoga mat, water and any props you need. Give yourself time to park and take the tram to the gazebo. Tram departs at 9 and 9:15am. For more info call Sandy 774-563-8874.