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    There is always something happening on and around Fort Myers Beach! Look here each week for upcoming events and fundraisers.

    CHRISTMAS TREE FEST

    It’s finally here! The 2nd annual Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club Christmas Tree Festival & Auction! Head to the FMB Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB on FR Dec 13 from 5:30-8:30pm and SA Dec 14 from 3:30-8pm. Silent Auction for over two dozen unique Christmas trees decorated by area non-profit organizations. Live performances, Food trucks on Friday; chili tasting and bake sale on Saturday. Cash bar both nights. Santa visits Friday night.

    CHRISTMAS MARKET

    On SA, Dec 14 from 10am – 3pm, the Mound House will host a variety of local vendors offering unique gifts including the Caloosa Carvers with wood carving demonstrations. Visit the museum free or shop unique items from Mali. Food and beverages available from the Dog House with beer samples from Momentum Brewery. Entertainment by Chapel by the Sea. Event supports the Friends of the Mound House. 451 Connecticut St, FMB. Parking available at 216 Connecticut St.

    BROMELIAD SHOW

    The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society will host their Annual Bromeliad Plant Show & Sale on Dec 14 & 15 at the Araba Shrine Temple, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers. Admission is Free and includes a judged show of spectacular displays of bromeliads and the area’s largest Bromeliad plant sale. Pick up growing tips and landscape ideas.

    BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICES

    The holiday season, often full of joyful expectations, can be hard on those who mourn or are experiencing tough times. Two Island churches are offering Blue Christmas Services to provide comfort to those who feel little comfort and joy in this celebratory season. Beach United Methodist Church will hold a Blue Christmas service on SU, Dec 15 at 5pm. Chapel by the Sea will hold their Blue Christmas Service on TH Dec 19 at 7pm. All are welcome at either service.

    CARIBBEAN CAR SHOW

    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Dec 16 from 4-7pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Free registration for car owners and free admission for spectators. 239-463-3257.

    HOLIDAY INN CONCERT

    The Beach United Methodist Church will host an enchanting evening inspired by Irving Berlin featuring your favorite Christmas songs performed by Paul Todd, Paul Todd, Jr, and the St. Agnes Choir on MO, Dec 16 at 7pm. Refreshments will be available. Free will offering. 239-463-9656.

    SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS

    The Gift Wrapping Party will be held WE Dec 18 starting at 5pm at the Red Coconut clubhouse. Spirit of the Holidays is a joint effort of the Beach Kids Foundation and the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department to benefit local families at Christmas.

    AED & CPR

    On TH Dec 19 at 10:30am at the Beach Library, join the FMB Library staff, volunteers and the FMB Fire Department to learn how to save a life. Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) are life-saving devices. Instruction on how to use them correctly increases the survival rates for victims of medical emergencies. CPR is a skill that can also save lives. Spend some time in a group setting learning these important procedures. Please pre-register at least one day in advance by calling 239-765-8162.

    KIWANIS MEETING

    The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club will hold a holiday celebration at their TH Dec 19 5:30pm meeting at Bonita Bill’s meeting room, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. Guest speakers will be Debbie Voorhees and Kathy Klar of the Friend of Lovers Key State Park. All are welcome. Fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org

    MAHJONG

    Attention all Mahjong players: Drop in Mahjong is offered every Monday from 9am-noon through April at Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. AC & refreshments. Call Barbara Puffer for information. 203-494-2765 or 239-463-4543. No play Dec 23 & 30.

    CHRISTMAS PIANO

    Join Julie Wenger on FR Dec 20 at 10:30am at the Beach Library to enjoy some classic holiday favorites by a classical pianist.

    SAFE BOATING CLASS

    Learn about safe boating from the experts of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They are offering a one-day “About Boating Safely” class on SA Dec 21 from 9am – 4pm at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15660 Pine Ridge Rd, Fort Myers. This beginner, one day class will give the novice boater the knowledge needed to obtain FWC safety certification. Many boat insurance companies offer discounts for course completion. Course offers local knowledge, shared perspectives and collaboration. Advance registration required by phone 239-690-6780 x 1 or online at aux91fmb.org

    FUN RUN

    Join the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club for their annual post-Christmas Fun Run, held on FR, Dec 27 at the Chapel St. Beach Access. This family-friendly 5K for runners AND walkers will be held on Friday this year to allow more beach visitors to participate. Sign up begins at 7am, with the run at 8am. $10/adults; $5 children 16 & under. T-shirts and trophies included. To volunteer or for more information contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at
    239-454-8090.

    HOLIDAY PREP

    Lee County Solid Waste encourages residents to use hurricane-season gasoline now and dispose of cooking oil and other chemicals. Gas degrades over time and should not be stored year to year. Gas from this year’s hurricane supplies can be used in lawn mowers and other equipment. Residents are encouraged to bring leftover oil from holiday turkey frying, old paint, fluorescent lightbulbs and other household chemicals to the Solid Waste facility at 6441 Topaz Ct, Fort Myers. It is open MO – FR 8am -5pm and the first Saturday of the month. For more info on recycling and solid waste disposal visit leegov.com/solidwaste

    HOLIDAY NIGHTS

    The Edison & Ford Estates homes and gardens are decorated with thousands of lights for Holiday Nights, open through Dec. 30. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit each Sunday from 6-8pm at the Caretakers Cottage. The Children’s Tree Trail features over 60 trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County students. Holiday Nights tickets are $20/adults: $10/teens and $2/children 6-12. For more information visit edisonford.org

     SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET

    The 2020 Songwriters at Sunset concert series begins TH Jan 2 at 3:45pm. Friends of Lovers Key invites musicians from the Americana Community Music Association to offer monthly free acoustic concerts of all original music this season. Concerts take place at the large gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key. Seating available in the gazebo for the first 80 people. Feel free to bring a beach chair. Prior to the concert FOLKS will host Gourmet Food Trucks on site with a portion of food and beverage sales going to the future Welcome & Discovery Center at the park. The Jan 2 concert will feature J. Robert and Brent Moyer. Free with paid park entry.

    WATERFRONT TOURS

    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, net shop and Trico Shrimp boat loading dock. $20/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.

    CO-ED SENIOR SOFTBALL 

    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field on TU and TH at 9:30am. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Perry 239-281-0752.

    PROTECT OUR MANATEES

    Boaters are asked to be aware that they share our local waters with manatees. Slow down, honor slow speed zones and watch for signs of manatees in the water near your boat. Give them plenty of room. To report a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, contact FWC at 1-888-404-3922 or on your cell: *FWC or #FWC

    WATER QUALITY LINKS

    Save these links to check on water quality. Some are single source reports, others contain multiple links to a variety of information.

    Chamber of Commerce

    State Water Quality 

    FWC Red Tide

    SCCF Reports 

    Mote Marine Reports

    Vibrio V Reports