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    Around and About the Island


    Don’t miss any of the fun on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and pick up your August copy of SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for a guide to everything happening on the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.



    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve are working to establish a Monarch butterfly population in the Preserve and need volunteers to act as citizen scientists to monitor progress. Training provided. All you need is a willingness to help and a sense of curiosity. To volunteer call 239-565-7437.



    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, 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.



    Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer is now accepting registration from players and coaches at  Players age 3-17 are invited to participate. Practice begins soon. A Pee Wee division for 3 year olds who want to come out and have fun but who aren’t ready for league play is planned. Coaches and sponsors are needed. Registration cost is $75 for U6-U14 and $85 for U16-U18, payable online with a credit card. Players provide their own shin guards, cleats and ball. Game uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks) provided. Direct questions to Beth Cherry, Registrar, at



    If you have a child or grandchild attending Beach School, you are invited to make a difference by participating in the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) The PTO supports the schools goals and helps to strengthen the school community. No membership fee and every parent and guardian is automatically a member. Join this fun, diverse group for a PTO meeting on TH Aug 24 at 2:30 in the Beach School Media Center. Childcare provided for Beach School students. Their next meeting will be adults only and held on TH Sept 21 at 6:30pm. Location to be determined.



    Help fill our local blood bank by participating in the Key West Express Blood Drive on TU Aug 22 from 9:30am-3:30pm at 1200 Main St, Fort Myers Beach. All donors receive goodie bags with discounts and coupons plus are entered to win 2 free Key West round trip tickets. Consider giving the gift of life!



    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach and nests are hatching. Please do your part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach or replace them with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Fill in any holes you dig. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566.



    Due to hotel renovations, Susan Carter will no longer offer yoga classes at DiamondHead. She now offers classes at Newton Park on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm (note new start time) and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30am.



    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, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 19 – 8:30am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am Crafting with Nature; 2pm Guided Tour

    TU Aug 22 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 11am & 2pm– Guided Tour; 1pm – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons

    WE Aug 23 –10am –11am & 2pm – Guided Tour; 1pm – Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour.

    TH Aug 24 – 8am – Guided Kayak Eco-Tour

    SA Aug 26 -_ 8am – Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 10am – Archeology of the Mound House, Can You Dig It?; 11am – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Tour



    Lee Health in partnership with local community agencies is offering “It’s All About You” a research-based Chronic Disease Self-Management program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University. Designed for people 18 years of age and older with chronic health conditions, the program teaches better ways to manage chronic conditions and symptoms. The workshop is 2.5 hours once a week for 6 weeks and is FREE. This workshop will be offered weekly on Thursdays beginning Sept 21 at Right at Home, 27657 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. For more information or to register call 239-343-9264.



    The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 964 at 19090 San Carlos Blvd, FMB, is offering a free year of membership in their fraternal organization to all active military and first responders as a way of saying thanks for being there for our community. Annual dues are normally $60. For more information call the Moose Lodge at 239-463-2221 or stop by the lodge.



    Lee County Veteran Services offers a monthly outreach program in south Lee County from 9am-3pm on the first Friday of each month at the Bonita East United Way House, 26820 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, with lead agency Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. Lee County Veteran Services counsels and educates veterans, their dependents and survivors on potential benefits available to them from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs and other government agencies. They offer guidance with compensation, pensions, education, survivor benefits and more. Veterans, dependents and survivors can make appointments by calling 239-533-8381. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Lee County Veteran Services serves as a hub for government, private and nonprofit resources designated to aid individuals and families. For more information call 239-533-7930.



    Lee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic containers with a #1-#7 on them, glass bottles/jars, cardboard. Avoid ‘wish”cycling – putting items in that you wish could be recycled. Learn more at



    The Eighth annual Paint the Beach Art Festival to be held Nov. 6-12, 2017, is accepting artist registrations now through Sept 30. The Festival will be held Nov 6-12 and includes artists from across the country that will capture the beauty, light and texture of the local landscape. The three-day art competition will be followed by a two-day sale at Santini Marina Plaza. The Quick Draw competition will be held on SA Nov 11 and will include high school artists. $6, 000 in prizes will be awarded. Two divisions for Juried and Emerging artists. Max 60 artists. Quick draw has a 30 artist limit. Registration and event information is available now at



    Estero Island Historic Society Historic Cottage is open each WE and SA from 10am-12 noon.  Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. The EIHS is raising funds for a survey to begin the process of adding another historic cottage to their compound. Support them by joining the Historic Society. Cost is $15/year or $100 for a lifetime membership. Mail your check to: Estero Island Historic society, PO Box 2815, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932.