Fat Tuesday Fun

    Around and About the Island


    These Around & About pages offer announcements for nonprofit and community events on and around Fort Myers Beach. Make sure you pick up a copy of the monthly SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine for a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the Island. Both The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.



    Tonight, Feb 24th, is your chance to catch a wave with the Beach Boys-related California Surf, Inc. concert at the Fish Tale Marina Propeller Lounge behind Santini Marina Plaza, at 7225 Estero Blvd, FMB. Tickets are $25. The concert is from 7-9pm. Part of the Winter Concert Series by the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, whose mission is to promote and support theater, music, culinary and visual arts on FMB. Future concerts: Mar 30- Paul Todd & Paul Todd Jr; Apr 20-Atlantic City Boys.



    Travel back through time with Visions of the Past on SA Feb 25 from 9am-1pm. Your guide will lead you along the trail to visit and hear from the Calusa Indians, Spaniards, Explorers, Pirates, Homesteaders, Koreshans and Pioneers of Estero Island/Fort Myers Beach. Experience facts, folklore and customs of these bygone eras. Free guided walks are held every 20 min starting at 9am. Reservations strongly encouraged. Call 239-432-2154 or email lcarr@leegov.com. Donations gratefully accepted by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. Food, crafts vendors, native plant sale and tours of the Historic Cottage also available.



    Bayside Estates Pastel Art Club will host a free art show featuring over 50 pieces of artwork created by ten artists in the community. Their leader, Julie Valladares, originally from New Zealand, is a renowned artist who is now retired and living in Bayside Estates. The show will be held in the Bayside Estates Clubhouse on SU, Feb 26 from 4-6pm. All are welcome. Entry is free with free wine and cheese. A raffle of one of Valladares artworks will be held during the event. 17601 San Carlos Blvd.



    The St. Peter’s Lutheran Concert Series presents a special evening of music with the Ave Maria University Choir on MO, Feb 27 at 7pm. The performance by the acclaimed 30-voice choral group will feature Broadway selections including a medley from The Phantom of the Opera, as well as inspirational and patriotic favorites. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free admission. Donations accepted. 3751 Estero Blvd, FMB. 239-463-4251.



    The 10th Annual Fat Tuesday John Donovan Benefit will be held on TU Feb 28 at The Cottage, 1270 Estero Island. Benefitting the Gulf coast Humane Society, there will be live music from 2pm-1am plus raffle prizes, Cajun food and drinks specials.



    The Beach United Methodist Church presents Paul Todd in concert on TU Feb 28 at 7pm.



    The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club (the World’s Oldest Tarpon Hunting Club) invites all to their annual Free Tarpon Fishing Clinic on WE Mar 1 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s Restaurant. Learn how to find and catch the mighty “Silver Kings,” how to rig and choose the right bait and different types of tackle. Featured speaker Captain Matt Mitchell, a local Tarpon fishing guide will share his secrets about catching tarpon. The FMBTHC holds monthly meetings with membership starting at $40. For more information call Matt 239-549-3474 or visit fmbthc.com.



    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Scholarship Fund through March 1. Recipients will be selected based on Community Service, Employment and School Involvement, Written Essay and Academic and Leadership Activities. For more information visit www.fortmyersbeachcf.com or call Brenda McGinn at 239-463-5418.



    Chapel by the Sea presents a free concert on TH, Mar 2 at 7pm, featuring FGCU Piano Performance major students, Ceren Su Sahin (Ankara), Chansik Youn (Seoul, South Korea) and Jason Marcelli Gomez (US). No ticket required. Free will offering.



    The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidate Forum on TH, Mar 2 from 6:3-0-8:30pm in the Fish Tale Marina Propeller Room, 7225 Estero Blvd, behind Santini Marina Plaza. All are welcome to attend



    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on Mar 4 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.



    St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a preventive health event on TH, Mar 9. Life Line Screening will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless screenings for potential health problems related to stroke, heart disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms and osteoporosis. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-888-653-6441. 3751 Estero Bld., Fort Myers Beach.



    The Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club held its annual Commodore’s Ball, February 9th, at Gulf Harbor Yacht & Tennis Club, installing its 2017 Bridge. In February, the club hosted 8 land & sea events and will host 7 more in March, including participation in the Shrimp Parade and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. If you have interest in boating, and in meeting, socializing and sharing experiences with your fellow boaters, you should join the FMBYC! Their next dinner meeting is WE Mar 22 at 6pm at American Legion Post 274. For information, visit our website, www.ourgrouponline/fmbYachtClub, and/or write Pete Oiderma, membership chair, at peteanddonnao@msn.com.



    Sign up now for the Town’s Leadership Conference sponsored by the Cultural Resources Advisory Committee to be held on Apr 7 & 8. The 2-day conference is open to anyone, full time or seasonal residents. Learn about the resources our Town has. 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.



    Pick up your 59th Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival Gear at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sea Gypsy Inn, Pier View Hotel, B & B Automotive and Sun Hardware. Gear is also available every Saturday morning at the Red Coconut breakfast. Get your gear now and show your support for the Lions Shrimp Festival by wearing around the Island! To sign up for the parade or the Expo, call 239-454-0043. Find all the details in the March SAND LIFE Magazine, available online now at fortmyersbeach.news and on newsstands March 1st.


    garden clubGARDEN CLUB

    On February 20th, the Estero Island Garden Club enjoyed a Chinese Auction fundraiser with members winning some beautiful tropical plants to take home. The next meeting will be at the Ft Myers Beach library at 9:30 am on March 6th. The speaker will be Adrienne Diaz from Miss Potters Place in Ft Myers and she will be offering us tips on how to grow edibles and many other low maintenance plants in our home gardens. All are welcome. For more information call Carol at 312 320 7247.