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    Don’t miss a thing happening on the 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.

     CRUISER APPRECIATION DAY

    Join the Fort Myers Beach Anchorage Advisory Committee, Matanzas on the Bay and mooring field patrons as they celebrate the 10th Annual Cruiser’s Appreciation Day SA Apr 1 from noon-3pm at Matanzas on the Bay. The public is encouraged to attend. Live entertainment, drinks, door prizes, giveaways and friendly island hospitality. Menu includes cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Dave’s Dockside pizza, soft drinks and beer, all available at reasonable prices. For more information call 239-463-9258.

     DINNER DANCE

    The Knights of Columbus invite you to join them for their first ever April Fool’s Masquerade Party Dinner Dance on SA Apr 1 in the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. Prizes for best costumes. Live music by Side-by-Side Duo. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets $25 at the door or by calling 239-284-6516.

     WA-KE-HATCHEE EASTER EGG HUNT

    The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Wa-ke-hatchee Recreation Center at 16760 Bass Rd on SA Apr 1 for an Easter Egg Hunt from 10am-noon. The Egg Hunt begins at 10:35am right after the Bunny’s arrival. Participation is $5/child. Adults free. The first 50 participants will receive a free Easter basket. 239-432-2154.

     MEET RANDY WAYNE WHITE

    “Mangrove Lightning” – Randy Wayne White’s 24th installment in the Doc Ford series was released March 21. White will be signing copies of his “Mangrove Lightning” at Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach, 765 Fisherman’s Wharf Drive on MO Apr 3 from 11:30am-3pm. White kicked off a nationwide book-signing tour at Doc Ford’s Sanibel Island on March 19th. Copes of this book and other Randy Wayne White titles are available at all three Doc Ford’s locations.

     NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET & BOAT SHOW

    The Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show, sponsored by the Friends of Lovers Key and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, will be held at the Lovers Key Boat Ramp from FR Mar 31–SU Apr 2 from 9am-5pm each day. It will feature nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising items as well as boat dealers. Food, ice cream and a beer garden. Suggested $5 donation to enter. Proceeds benefit Lovers Key State Park and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club.

     KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP

    Beach Elementary will host their annual Kindergarten Round-Up on TU Apr 4 from 10:15-11:30am for all incoming 2017-2018 Kindergarten students. They will meet Principal Dobbins, tour the school and join current KG students for some buddy time, reading and lunch. (school’s treat!). If parents would like to bring in enrollment paperwork, requirements are: Child must be 5 by Sept 1; Proof of residence (live on Estero or San Carlos Island), health exam after 8/10/16, shot records, original birth certificate, social security card (if available) and custody papers if child does not live with both natural parents. If your child qualifies for KG and you live on Estero or San Carlos Island, please call Ms. Renee at the school 239-463-6356.

     SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET

    The final free Acoustic Concert of the season at Lovers Key State Park will be offered TH Apr 6 at 5:30pm. This month’s concert will feature Bob Williams, Dan Philgreen and Keith Parker. The concert will take place at the beachfront gazebo. Seating available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair or blanket. Come enjoy some great original music in an intimate “bluebird Café” style. Sunset included.

     LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

    Sign up now for the Town’s Leadership Conference sponsored by the Cultural Resources Advisory Board to be held on Apr 7 & 8. The 2-day conference is open to anyone, full time or seasonal residents. Learn about our Town’s unique resources. Learn more about the Town, Fire Dept., Lee County, the Sheriff’s Office and more! Enjoy field trips on day 2. For more information call Keri 239-994-8897.

     ISLAND EASTER EGG HUNT

    Children from infants to age 12 are invited to participate in the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Coloring Contest on Sat Apr 15 at Bay Oaks. Registration begins at 8am with the Egg Hunt beginning at 9am. Hosted by the Beach Kids Foundation Spirit of the Holidays, Red Coconut RV Park, Bay Oaks Recreation Center and Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Local 1826.

    All are invited to an Easter Egg Stuffing Party on WE Apr 12 at Red Coconut as they need help stuffing over 5,000 eggs. Doors open at 5:30pm and all help is appreciated. Donations of non-chocolate candy are needed and can be dropped off at Bay Oaks or Red Coconut.

     ESTERO BLVD MEETING

    Lee County and the Town of Fort Myers Beach will hold a public meeting on MO Apr 10 from 5-7pm at Bay Oaks Rec Center on the next phase of Estero Blvd construction (from Lovers Lane to Strandview/Publix) including these side streets: Bay Rd, including Nature View Ct), Donora Blvd, Eucalyptus Ct, Jefferson St., Connecticut St, Bay mar Dr, Hercules Dr and Bayview Ave.) Residents and businesses in this area are invited to meet the project teams, view plans and ask questions about construction details of the water line, storm drainage and road improvements expected to start this summer.

     DINING DISCOUNT BOOK

    The 2017 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 62 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office, Bennett’s Chiropractic, Indian Creek Resort or Gavin’s Ace Hardware.

     FRIENDS OF LOVERS KEY

    You are invited to join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) and attend their member-exclusive Sea Turtles Educational Talk by Eve Haverfield of Turtle Time on WE Apr 12 from 1-2pm in the Ranger Shop Conference Room at the park. This is a members only event, but you can join FOLKS at the meeting. Membership starts at just $40. RSVP to Judy at 708-359-0466. Visit friendsofloverskey.org for more information

     WALKING CLUB

    Join a friendly group for an easy 30-min. walk around the Chapel by the Sea neighborhood or on the beach before returning to Chapel. Offered every Tuesday morning at 9:30am at Chapel by the Sea.

     ROCKIN’ FOR CHRISTINE

    Islanders are invited to attend an all day benefit honoring Christine Sullivan, a beautiful, free- spirited woman well known on the beach as someone who organized benefits and helped others. Christine passed away Jan. 28, 2017. The benefit will be held SU April 2 from 1-10pm at Back Streets Sports Bar in Cape Coral. The event will benefit Abuse Counseling & Treatment, ACT, which provides free services to victims of domestic violence and their children via a 24-hour hotline, safety planning, emergency shelter and more in Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. The event will offer Live Music, Silent Auction and raffles. For more info see backstreetssportsbar.com

     MASTER NATURALIST CLASS

    Ostego Bay Foundation will host the Uplands Core module of the Florida Master Naturalist Program April 3-7 from 9am-5pm each day. The course offers classroom, field trips and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation wildlife and conservation issues of Upland Systems in Florida – Hardwood Forests, Pinelands, Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands and Urban Green spaces. To learn more about the Master Naturalist Program or register go to www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu

     SHRIMP DINNER

    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the final monthly Shrimp Dinner of the season offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Apr 8 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.

    VICTORIAN TEA

    Local speaker Laurie Nienhaus will present her newest program, The Victorian Fairy Painting Tea at the final Teatime Tuesday of the season at the Burroughs Home & Garden, 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on TU Apr 11 beginning at 1pm. Guests will have the opportunity to view quality reprints of the great fairy paintings of the Victorian era and learn of the quirks associated with this unique genre of art. Light afternoon tea fare, fit for a fairy, will be served. Tickets $26. Seating is limited. Reservations required. Call 239-337-9505.