Free Parks, Florida’s Ice Age and More on FMB

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    SPIRIT OF ‘45

    Celebrate the Lee County and National Spirit of ’45 Day on Sunday, Aug 11 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort with a special dinner and program honoring World War II veterans. The Spirit of ’45 event features a Color Guard, Wreath Ceremony, Guest Speakers (WWII vets), Bagpipes, Guns N’ Hoses Pipes N’ Drums Corps performance and TAPS. Dinner is provided free to WWII veterans and their spouses of the WWII generation. Dinner cost is $25 for others. Dinner served at 4:15, with program afterwards, ending by 7:15pm. Reservations must be made by Aug.1, with payment by Aug 4. Sponsor-a-Vet – just $25. Call Eryka for reservations or sponsor opportunities. 917-607-4385.

     FLORIDA YARDS

    Join the Lee County Extension Services on SA July 20 from 10am-12pm for a free Florida Yards & Neighborhoods class at Lakes Park Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. Learn the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn the nine principles of creating and maintaining a  “Florida-Friendly Yard.” Class is free, but please register at FYNLL2019.eventbrite.com or call
    239-533-4000.

    KIDDIE POOL

    The Beach Community Pool kiddie pool is now open. The installation of a new play structure has been postponed until early fall. The kiddie pool and main pool are both open. During the construction, the main pool will remain open. Pool hours are 10am-6pm daily. The pool is located at

    FMB ART ASSOCIATION

    Support the Fort Myers Beach Art Association by participating in Drag Queen Bingo every Friday in July at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar,19001 San Carlos Blvd. Bingo like you’ve never played it before! Cost is $20 at the door, with $10 going directly to the FMB Art Association. Starts at 7pm, come early to get a seat. Eight chances to win a prize.

    FREE PARKS

    Lee County is celebrating National Park & Recreation Month by offering free parking on SA July 27 and SU, July 28 at area county-owned parks including Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Bunche Beach, Bowditch Point Park, Lakes Regional Park and Punta Rassa boat ramp. ONLY Lee County parks are included. Fort Myers Beach parking lots and on-street parking is NOT included. For more information contact Lee County Parks at 239-533-7275.

    FLORIDA’S ICE AGE

    Join Rachael Kangas of the Florida Archaeology Network for a free presentation, “Florida’s Ice Age,” at the historic Mound House on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Kangas will lecture on Florida’s Ice Age, where a cooler climate and roaming mastodons 10,000 years ago made the Sunshine State a much different place! Learn how the first Floridians not only survived but thrived in this environment by counting on a paleo-diet before it was all the rage! The Mound House is at 451 Connecticut Street, with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. For additional information, call 239-765-0865 or see www.moundhouse.org.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    The Kenny Conidaris Blood & Bone Marrow Drive will be held on SA July 27 from 9am -5pm at the Lani Kai Island Resort. The drive hopes to find a marrow match for Dalton Salerno of Naples. Donate blood or sign up for the marrow registry and enjoy a cookout lunch & snacks, plus a free t-shirt. Trapper Ray and animals from the Calusa Nature Center will be on hand for photos. A simple cheek swab can register you for the marrow registry. You must be between the ages of 18-55 to register. If you can’t make it and want to register, go to GiftofLife.org and they will send a kit. The day will include games and toys for the kids, a dunk tank, raffles, prizes and live entertainment. A poker run to benefit the Animal Refuge Center will begin at 9am at Rockstar Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers, stopping at three spots before ending at the Lani Kai. Cost to participate in the poker run is $25. Find the event on Facebook for more information.

    SWIM LESSONS

    The Beach Pool at the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus offers swim lessons MO – TH from 8:30-10am. The last summer weekday session will be July 22 – Aug 1. Fall swim lessons will be offered on WE from 2:30 – 3:30pm Aug 28 – Oct 9; or on Sunday from 11am-12:30pm Aug 25 – Oct 6. Call the pool for details 239-463-5759.The Beach Pool is open from 10am – 6pm every day until September. Rates are discounted due to the generous contributions of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club and their “Every Child a Swimmer” program.

    MORNING MEANDER

    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Aug 3 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission.
    239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com

    SOCIAL SECURITY LETTERS

    The Area Agency on Aging for SWFL wants area seniors to know that 6,100 Lee County seniors will receive legitimate letters from Social Security about cost-saving programs on their Medicare coverage. Recipients of these letters may be eligible for federal programs that can potentially cover the costs of prescriptions, co-pays, premiums and other Medicare expenses. Seniors can find out if they qualify by contacting a free SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor for an appointment at 1-866-413-5337. A list of counseling sites is available at www.floridashine.org

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or 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:

    TU July 23: 10:30am – Family Movie, “Madagascar 3 – Europe’s Most Wanted” PG,

    TH July 25: 9:30am – 4:30pm – Christmas in July

    FR July 26: 1:30pm – Meet the Artist of the Month, Berry van Boekel

    MOUND HOUSE

    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including 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 exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA July 20: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Exploring Archaeology; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TU July 23: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE July 24: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Calusa Indian Masks; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    FR July 26: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA July 27: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Painting Pottery; 11am Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm – Florida’s Ice Age Lecture

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    FMB is in the midst of turtle nesting AND hatching season! Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! If you rent your condo or home near the beach, change outdoor bulbs now and leave instructions to close the drapes after sunset to prevent light from shining on the beach. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. You can make a difference! For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.