It’s November and things are poppin’ on the beach! Make sure you don’t miss anything by checking out these Around & About announcements and be sure to pick up a copy of the November SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of what’s happening on the beach!
Early Voting continues through Saturday, Nov 5. Voting is available from 10am-7pm at any of ten locations in Lee County. The closest early voting locations to Fort Myers Beach are the Election Centers at 13180 S. Cleveland, Fort Myers and 25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs. Voters should bring their photo/ signature ID with them. With a high voter turnout expected on Election Day, Nov. 8th, voters are urged to vote early.
FILL THE PANTRY DRIVE
Santini Marina Plaza Fresh Market and Artisan Village are sponsoring the Harry Chapin Food Bank Drive on SA Nov 5 from 9am-2pm. Come by and help fill the barrels with non-perishable food items to help stock the food pantry for the upcoming holidays. Most needed items are canned meats and fish, fruit (cups, cans, dried), canned vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, rice/pasta/mac & cheese, boxed potatoes and dry beans. This event will feature the Santini Fresh Produce market, Artisan vendors with original art, jewelry, clothing and more, along with food and drink choices from the Restaurants of Santini and entertainment by Islander DJ Larry. Come celebrate the season and donate to this worthy cause. 239-443-8810.
SURFERS FOR AUTISM
The 6th Annual Surfers for Autism Gulf Coast Festival will fill Crescent Beach Family Park on SA Nov 5 from 9am-4pm. Volunteers provide a safe, fun, judgment-free environment for children and young adults within the autism spectrum. Participants are treated like rock stars as they enjoy a day filled with fun activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, live music, face painting, games and more. For details on event or to sign up as a volunteer, see surfersforautism.org.
The Fort Myers Harmonica Band invites all harmonica players and those who would like to learn how to play to their weekly meetings on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Chapel of Salvation Army, 10291 McGregor Blvd. Next meeting TH Nov 10th. Learn X-mas songs for “kettle” play to help the Salvation Army or just play and practice for your own enjoyment. Can’t play? They’ll teach you. Questions? Call Dave Peters 610-653-7940
BAY HARBOUR MEETING
The San Carlos Redevelopment Corporation will hold a Community Meeting at 6pm TH, Nov 10 in the Bonita Bill’s Café Community Room, 702 Fishermans Wharf, to discuss the status of the Bay Harbour Marina Village Project (Old Compass Rose Marina). The meeting will include a review of the Lee County Hearing Examiner’s discussion denying the zoning and variance application, the Proposed County Commission Meeting (WE Nov 16) which will address the Land Use Plan Amendment, rezoning and several zoning variances for the project. Public welcome. For more information contact Joanne Semmer, Chairman, at 239-470-4993.
The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club is hosting a Flea Market on SA Nov 12 from 9am-noon at their clubhouse, 175 Sterling St. The market includes a great selection of household goods, furniture, jewelry, Christmas items, linens, books, clothing and more. Any additional donations of gently used items can be dropped off at the clubhouse any TU or FR between 9:15am-2pm.
Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Nov 12 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.
SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS DINNER DANCE
The Knights of Columbus will host a dinner dance on SA Nov 12 at 5:30pm at Ascension Church Hall 6025 Estero Blvd. A donation of $20/person will include Dinner, Entertainment and Refreshments. For tickets call Dennis at 239-440-5511. All proceeds benefit the Beach Kids Christmas fund.
TOYS FOR X-MAS
The Beach Pub will host their 16th Annual Toys for X-Mas toy drive on Nov 13 beginning at noon. Live music, raffles, Silent Auction, food and 50/50. Bring a new unwrapped toy that will be given to the Spirit of the Holidays toy drive.
The Estero Island Historic Society will offer a Free Public Presentation on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7pm Robert Macomber – a top speaker, award-winning author, historian, and perennial favorite presenter at EIHS meetings – will present on Southwest Florida and the Spanish-American War at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 2755 Estero Blvd., in the Community Room, 3rd floor. Come early as this popular speaker always draws a capacity audience. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free of charge and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For details, call EIHS at 239-463-0435 or Fort Myers Beach Public Library at 239-765-8165.
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct its monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on MO Nov 14 beginning at 5:15pm. Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers with candlelit lanterns as they guide you through the Preserve by the light of the moon. Adults only. Reservations required by calling 239-565-7437.
The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) is offering an Educational Talk about Manatees at the gazebo in the park on WE Nov 16 from 11am-1pm for FOLKS members and anyone wishing to join FOLKS. Light refreshments will be served. Free with park entry and FOLKS membership. RSVP to Judy Greenwood 708-359-0466. For more info visit friendsofloverskey.org
SENIOR HEALTH FAIR
Lee Health’s SHARE Club will host a Senior Health Fair and Open House on FR Nov 18 from 9am-noon at the Wa-Ke-Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. Free health screening includes screening for skin cancer, glucose, veins, balance, physical therapy plus blood pressure and pulse oximetry. No reservations required. For more info call 239-424-3765
BREWS ON THE BAY
The Estero Bay Buddies and Good Time Charters present Brews on the Bay, on SA Nov 19 from 3-6pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. The cruise aboard a 38-ft catamaran will allow passengers to soak up the bay’s natural beauty while enjoying locally made brew form Point Ybel Brewery. Tickets are $50 and include the cruise, two beer tickets and a commemorative glass. A Designated Driver Ticket is available for $40. Seating limited, so get your tickets now by calling 239-218-8014 or visiting goodtimecharter.com.
Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field every TU and TH at 10am through spring. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Questions? Let’s have some fun! Call Ed 248-891-8848
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Hundreds of SWFL residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items Nov 14-21. The gifts are delivered to children living in the midst of poverty, way, disease or disaster. Anyone is welcome to pack a shoebox to help a child feel loved and remembered. Filled boxes can be dropped off at Park Alliance Church, 7469 San Carlos Blvd. For hours and other details call 407-273-6112 or visit samaritianspurse.org/cc
It’s time to apply to participate in the Fort Myers Beach 59th Shrimp Festival Queen Pageant! Young ladies age 16-20 are eligible to apply. Participation includes awards and prizes, social events, a ride atop of a Corvette convertible in the Shrimp Festival parade, pageant gift bags and community service hours for school. The Queen receives a $500 college scholarship. Applicants can enter with their own sponsor or the Lions Club will provide one. Deadline to enter is January 15, 2017. For more information and an application go to FMBShrimpFestival.com or contact Pageant Coordinator Tracey Gore 239-849-3603 or email@example.com.