Keep up with what’s happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the June 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.
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.
The Mound House will offer a new program on Beach Nesting Birds on TU June 27. Take a walk along the beach with Penny Jarrett in the Critical Wildlife Area to observe and learn about the beach nesting birds of FMB. Reservations required 239-765-0865. $10/person; MH members $5. Bring binoculars, camera and water.
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:
MO June 19 from 1-4pm at Hampton Inn & Suites, 11281 Summerlin Square, FMB
TU June 20 from 9:30am-3:30pm at Key West Express, 1200 Main St, FMB
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
4TH OF JULY PARADE
Enter now to be part of this American tradition right here on Fort Myers Beach! The parade starts at 10am on Bay Rd and heads toward the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Enter with your friends, family, business or neighborhood! Afterwards join the Parks & Rec Dept in Times Square for patriotic crafts, a watermelon-eating contest and American trivia. For more information on the parade email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or mailed to Terry Cain, 50 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
KEY WEST EXPRESS BLOOD DRIVES
Key West Express hosts 2 blood drives each year to support the much needed blood supply for our community. The 2017 drives will be held June 20 and Aug 22 from 9:30am until 3:30pm at the Key West Express main office at 1200 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. All donors will receive goodie bags with discounts and coupons from local participating businesses, be entered to win 2 free Key West Express round trip tickets and receive a Key West Express summer savings coupon! Participating business partners include Tuckaway Café, Salty Crab, Fish Tale Marina, American Legion Fort Myers Beach, Parrot Key, Sight-Sea-R Cruises and Nervous Nellies. Consider giving the gift of life.
Island kids have some great summer camp opportunities this year. Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Traditional Day Camp through August 4. Meeting MO-FR from 7:30am-6pm, camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Ages 6-13. Beginning at $75/week for members. To register or for more information call
Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 6-15 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Meets MO-FR 9am-4pm. For registration, dates, costs and more information call 239-765-0181 MO-SA from 10am-4pm or visit www.ostegobay.org
Sailing Camp at the Mound House will be held June 19-23 for ages 8-11. Learn the fundamentals of sailing or perfect your skills with this weeklong sailing camp. Camp is held 8:30am-3:30pm each cay. Cost is $200. Students must be able to swim and bring a properly-fitted PFD, wear clothing and closed toe shoes that can get wet. Class is taught by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors and junior instructors. For details or to register contact Denise Monahan at 848-8969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms available at Mound House or Bay Oaks. Space is limited.
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 fund for kitchen renovation.
The Women’s Club of Fort Myers Beach invites all bridge players (men & women) to join them every Tuesday and Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a day of social bridge. Players rotate throughout the day completing 6 rounds. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy good company and great bridge playing. $5 for non-members; $3 for members. Proceeds from the day go to support various community activities around the island. Coffee, iced tea and water are served. The Woman’s Club is located at 175 Sterling Avenue. For more information, please call Beverley Milligan at 239-529-8785.
Get to know your LCSO (Lee County Sheriff’s Office) through their summer series of educational seminars featuring a public safety topics presented by members of their specialty law enforcement units. The seminars are held at United Healthcare Medicare Store, 6900 Daniels Parkway, Unit 23-C in Daniel’s Crossing Shopping Center. Each session begins at 10am lasts about an hour with time for Q & A. Register now to be sure you don’t’ miss these remaining Senior Safety Seminars: June 27-Calling 911 during a hurricane (Communications Unit); July 25-ID Theft-How vulnerable are you?; August 1-SS Benefits Hacking-Are your benefits safe?; August 29-Home Improvement Fraud-What you need to know; Sept 5-Residential Security-Are you a target? And Sept 26-Cell Dogs-Meet the dogs and learn how they are trained. Seating is limited so reserve your seat today by calling 239-561-9142.
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 17 –8am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 2pm Guided Tour
TU June 20 – 9am Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 2pm Guided Tour
WE June 21 –10am Calusa Indian Pottery; 11am Guided Tour; 2pm Indian Shell Mound Tour
SA June 24 – 8:30 am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am – Crafting with Nature; 2pm-Guided Tour.
The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the newspapers and magazines in the Living Room or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Or participate in one of the programs offered each month in the 3rd floor Community Room. 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:
TU June 20 at 10:30am – Book discussion, “The Slap” by Christos Tsiolkas
FR June 23 & 30 from 9am-4pm – Piano Lessons for Children-must pre-register by TU prior.
MO June 26 at 10:30am – Memory Improvement
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 23 – American Alligator
FR June 30 – Black Island Bike Tour