Fall Festival, Fright Night, Ghost Stories



    On SA Oct 19 from 10am – 2pm, Edison & Ford Estates will host the annual “Airing of the Quilts” quilt show. Dozens of quilts from the Quilters Guild will be on display on clotheslines with select antique quilts on display inside the Thomas Edison house, Henry Ford house and Edison guest house. Quilters Guild participants will also have quilts available for sale. The quilt show is included with admission to the Edison Ford Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonford.org.


    On SA Oct 19 beginning at 8am, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.


    The Lakes Park Fall Festival is in full swing with Scarecrows in the Park, Halloween Express train rides, a pumpkin patch and lots more. Festival runs through Oct 27 with Halloween Express train rides through Oct. 31. Hours 6 – 9pm MO – FR, plus 10am -9pm SA & SU. (Train ride also on MO- FR 10am -2pm) Admission free, fee for parking. Activities vary in cost.


    The Lee Health Bloodmobile will be at Chapel by the Sea on SU Oct 20 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. To donate you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 115 lbs. and be in good general health. Drop in to donate a unit of blood that can save the lives of several people or make a specific appointment for Oct 20 by calling 239-463-3173.


    The Lee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Zoning Public Hearing for Bay Harbour Marina Village on WE Oct 23 beginning at 9:30am in Lee County Board Chambers at 2120 Main St., Fort Myers. They will review the Hearing Examiner’s written recommendations and make a final decision on the case. The Bay Harbour request would rezone ~7.47 acres at 1135 and 1195 Main Street on San Carlos Island from Light Industrial, Marine Industrial, Commercial and Mobile Home Residential to a Mixed-Use Planned Development to permit a maximum of 113 residential dwelling units, including 33 Bonus Density dwelling units, a marina with 286 dry slips, 29 wet slips, a boat launching facility, 30,000 sf of commercial retail/office and mini-storage, a parking garage with 200 public parking spaces and 20,000 sf of civic space with a max building height of 145 ft. Only those who testified before the Hearing Examiner are permitted to testify at this hearing. The meeting agenda can be found at bit.ly/BayHarbourBoCC


    Music for Hope, a Hurricane Dorian Relief Concert featuring Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. will be held on TH Oct 24 at 7pm at Beach United Methodist Church, 155 Bay Rd, FMB, A love offering will be taken with 100% of all funds raised going to benefit the many victims of Hurricane Dorian.


    The restrooms at Newton Beach Park will be closed through Thanksgiving for remodeling. Water is on for the outdoor showers and water fountains.


    It’s not too early to make plans for Fright Night, the annual Halloween event at Bay Oaks Recreation Center on FR Oct 25 from 6-9pm. Right now, volunteers and candy are needed. Sign up to help setting up, decorate or play a spooky role in the haunted House! If you can donate candy, please drop it off at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak Street, FMB. Volunteers are asked to call Bay Oaks 239-765-4222, email SarahL@fmbgov.com or stop at Bay Oaks.


    On SA Oct 26 from 9am – 4pm, Surfers for Autism with Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Calusa Blueway will host the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Surf & Beach Festival at Crescent Beach Family Park on FMB. Surfers for Autism is an organization with a mission to unlock the potential for children and young adults with autism and other development delays through surfing. The event, including lunch, is free to surfers, their families and registered volunteers. Surfers, their families and volunteers are also invited to participate in Sunday Funday on Sun Oct 27 with tours of Ostego Bay Marine Science Center and the US Coast Guard Station. Register for Sunday Funday at the Saturday event. Volunteers are needed. You do not need to be a surfer to help. Register at www.surfersforautism.org


    There’s fun to be had at the weekly preschool story hour at the Beach Library every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11:30am. An interesting story and related craft activity will delight your young ones, so stop by and enjoy!


    The Ostego Bay Foundation will celebrate 28 years of service to the community with an Open House Anniversary Party on SA Oct 26 from 10am-4pm at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. Ostego Bay Foundation is known for its youth summer camps, Florida Naturalist Programs and guided Waterfront tours. Stop by the Open House and learn more about how you can become a partner in local environmental education. 239-765-8101


    Overnight road work (7pm – 6am) with intermittent lane closures is scheduled on Estero Blvd on the evenings of SU Oct 27 and MO Oct 28 from the base of the Matanzas Bridge to Avenue C. The work will involve milling & resurfacing the road, plus adjusting manholes. On TU Oct 29 the work will move south and continue intermittently for 10-12 nights. Watch for signage.


    Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park on FR Nov 8 from 6-9pm for a night of music and fun on the beach featuring craft beer from local breweries and delicious food from popular food trucks. Several local breweries will be offering their unique brews including Momentum, Millennial, Naples Beach, Big Blue, Riptide, Fort Myers and Coastal Dayz. Food trucks from the DogHouse and Cajun Gringos will be on site. Live music. $50 for regular admission includes a commemorative cup and free beer samples all night. $75 VIP tickets include an earlier arrival at 5pm, VIP restrooms, gazebo seating, gift bag and a beautiful sunset. For more information call 239-463-4588 or email events@friendsofloverskey.org


    Chapel by the Sea is planning a Craft & Rummage Sale for Nov 15 & 16. They invite residents to share their crafts and treasures with the Island community. Sign up now for a 4’ x 6” space with table for just $15. Stop by the Chapel office to complete a registration form. Call 239-463-3173 x 20 with any questions. 100 Chapel St. (next to Town Hall)


    It’s the haunting season and if you’re looking for a bit of eerie in your life, stop by the Beach Library third floor community rooms for two programs sure to give you goosebumps: On WE Oct 30 at 1:30pm, join Mike Yost for “Haunted Places on Fort Myers Beach” and on TH Oct 31 at 10:30am come listen to Halloween Ghost Stories.


    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Current exhibits are the Fall Member Show in the Main Studio and the Summer Painting Group in Studio 2. Hours are MO – SA 10am -3pm Free admission. For more information on classes, workshops, show schedule and the activities of the FMBAA, visit fortmyersbeachart.com, call 239-463-3909 or email fmbaaplublicity@gmail.com


    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers over 86,000 titles. Browse the collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or view the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    MO Oct 21, 2:30pm – Afternoon Matinee, “The 15:17 to Paris”
    WE Oct 23, 10:30am – Memory Improvement (pre-register)
    MO Oct 28, 10:30am – The Endless Journey (pre-register)
    TU Oct 29, 10:30am – Happiness is a Choice
    WE Oct 30, 1:30pm – Haunted Places of FMB
    TH Oct 31, 10:30am – Ghost Stories


    Mound House offers a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside with an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Moundhouse.org Upcoming programs include:

    SA Oct 19: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 2pm – Shell Mound Tour
    TU Oct 22: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
    WE Oct 23: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Guided Tour; 2pm-Shell Mound Tour
    TH Oct 24: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)
    FR Oct 25: 5:30pm Sunset Kayak Tour
    SA Oct 26: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour


    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:

    TU Oct 22 – Fishing Clinic
    TH Oct 24 – Birding Beach Walk
    FR Oct 25 – Sensational Sharks