Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Diner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Jan 4 from 5-7 p.m. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Soda included. Beer and wine tickets available. No reservations needed. $20 per person.
All those interested in SWFL gardening is invited to attend the next meeting of the Estero Island Garden Club on MO Jan 6 at 9am at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling, FMB. Guest speaker Tony Mauriello will give a presentation on Florida Native plants and feeding butterflies. For more information call 978-460-1814.
CARIBBEAN CAR SHOW
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Jan 6 from 4-7pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Free registration for car owners and free admission for spectators. 239-463-3257.
TOUR MOUND KEY
Join the Mound House educators for a tour of the Mound House and Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa Indians. On TU Jan 7 from 11:30 – 2:45pm, this tour begins at Fish Tale Marina as you board the Estero Bay Express for a boat ride to first the Mound House, then Mound Key. Learn about the rich Calusa history and new discoveries about this ancient people. Tour requires walking over rough terrain. Mound House Museum admission included. Cost: $55/person (MH members $50) Weather permitting. Reservations required at moundhouse.org Future Mound Key Tours are scheduled for Feb 9 & 27, Mar 9 & 27 and Apr 11 & 27.
Lee County Parks & Recreation offers a Calusa Blueway monthly speaker this season. On Jan 7 at 6:30pm, Lynette Brown will be the guest speaker for, “Circumnavigating Florida with the Grandchildren.” The speaker series is free and held at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. For more information or directions, call 239-432-2154.
Stop by the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, FMB on TH Jan 9 between 9am -2pm for their Open House & Art Bazaar. Tour their facilities and create some beautiful art of your own. Watch hands-on demos by artists, and browse the Art Bazaar filled with paintings, 3D art, cards, jewelry and more. 239-463-3909.
FULL MOON WALK
Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns as night descends and the Full Cold Moon rises on FR Jan 10. Adults only, limited to 12 participants. Program is free, but pre-registration at walkwiththemoon.com is required. Instructions will be emailed on registration. Offered by the Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve. Walk will be held at Bowditch Point Park due to closure of MPP for construction. Exact time will be provided on registration.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s face special challenges. Every month on the second Friday of the month, Chapel by the Sea hosts a Caregivers Support Group from 1-2:30pm. Sponsored by the SWFL Gulf Coast Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, the group is conducted by trained facilitators. It is a safe place to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways to cope and learn about community resources. There is no fee or registration. Next meeting: FR Jan 10 at 1pm.
FULL MOON KAYAK TOUR
Watch the sun set and the full moon rise as you explore tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels in the hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can on FR Jan 10 at 4:30pm. Experience the abundant life within our estuary in the quiet of twilight by the light of a full moon. Reservations required at moundhouse.org. $45/person (MH members $15) All paddling equipment provided. Weather permitting. Maximum of 12 paddlers.
The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron offers several boating classes at their classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. For more information on classes, times and registration, visit www.scbps.com Upcoming classes include:
-America’s Boating Class – Jan 11 & 18
-Local Waters – Local Charts – Jan 25
Bayside Estates Men’s Club hosts a monthly Pancake Breakfast every 2nd Sunday from November to March at the Bayside Recreation Hall. All are invited to attend. Their next breakfast will be held SU Jan 12 from 8-11am. Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, OJ and all you can eat pancakes for just $5. For another $1, get a made to order omelet. Bayside Estates is located just off San Carlos Blvd, south of Pine Ridge Rd. Look for signs at the entrance. Proceeds support Hope Hospice.
BAY OAKS SOCIAL SENIORS
Are you a member of Bay Oaks Social Seniors (BOSS)? They are an active group with road trips, games and theater trips available for those age 50 and up. Call 239-764-4222 for more information. Upcoming BOSS activities include:
Jan 7 – Everblades Hockey Game
Jan 8 – Potluck Lunch
Jan 9 – Solomon’s Castle Tour
Jan 14 – Bike Trip on Boca Grande
Jan 22 – FL Rep Theater “Barefoot in the Park”
Jan 28 – Kayak Trip on Imperial River
Jan 29 – Out to Lunch Bunch
Learn more about the shrimping industry with the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, net shop and Trico Shrimp boat loading dock. $20/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) On exhibit now through Jan 9, is the Art Divine Show, with all paintings priced $150 or less. On Jan 9, the FMBAA will host their annual Open House with art demonstrations and some make & take demos. Mini master original paintings will be available for just $10 and Art Bazaar in the garden! 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 or call 239-463-3909.
BEACH UNITED METHODIST
Beginning SU, Jan 5, Beach United Methodist Church will change Sunday Worship time to 9:30 am. This change will allow attendees more social time together and better accommodate people’s schedules. The new Sunday schedule will include Social time and refreshments at 9am, followed by a Worship Service at 9:30am. All are welcome; Flip flops & shorts ok. Beach United Methodist Church is located at 155 Bay Rd, FMB. 239-463-9656. email@example.com
Shell Point Retirement Community will host its fifth annual Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series, a free community speaker series beginning in January, designed to share the latest advances in medical research and health care practice. On TU Jan 14 at 10am, Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA will discuss, “Strategies for Improving Memory & Brain Health.” The presentation will be held in Shell Point’s Village church. Free and open to the public. Reservations requested by calling 239-433-7936.
WATER QUALITY LINKS
Save these links to check on water quality. Some are single source reports, others contain multiple links to a variety of information.
Chamber of Commerce: bit.ly/CCisp
State Water Quality: www.protectingfloridatogether.gov
FWC Red Tide: bit.ly/RedTideisp
SCCF Reports: recon.sccf.org
Mote Marine Reports: visitbeaches.org
Vibrio V Reports: bit.ly/FLvibrioV
BOATING SAFETY CLASS
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a one day Boating Safety Class on SA Jan 18 from 9am to 4pm. This beginner boating class will give the novice recreational boater the knowledge needed to obtain the FWC safety certification. Anyone born in 1988 and later, must pass an approved boater safety course and be issued a boating safety ID card. The class is held at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15660 Pine Ridge Rd, Fort Myers. Cost $45/person. Advanced registration is required: Call 239-690-6780 x1 or at bit.ly/BoatClassFMB