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    Don’t miss a thing happening on the beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for everything going on here at the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.

    POPEYEPALOOZA

    The BBQ feast that Islanders know and love as Popeyepalooza returns to the beach to benefit Island kids on SU May 21 at the Beach Pub beginning at noon. Expect live music all day, prizes, raffles, silent auctions and of course, great Popeye BBQ. Businesses or individuals wishing to donate prizes for the auction are asked to call Popeye at 239-244-4437.

    RE-ENTRY PASSES

    Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, passes may be required to re-enter the island. Pick up an application at Town Hall or online at www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov under “Community” > “For Islanders.” Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-765-0202 or see website.

    CAR SEAT CHECK

    Stop by the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Station 32 at 17891 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach for a free car seat installation or safety check on Weds, May 24 from 1-4pm. Make sure your child’s seat is installed correctly. IF you cannot attend this event, contact the district to schedule a car seat inspection by emailing Prevention@fmbfire.org.

    BEACH UNITED METHODIST

    Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30am with a hymn sing at 10:15am. On June 4, a birthday lunch will follow the service to celebrate Mildred Howarter’s 95th birthday. All are invited to join in the celebration. 239-463-9656.

    VACCINATE YOUR PETS

    A raccoon at mid-island has tested positive for rabies. Lee County Domestic Animal Services asks that residents and visitors be aware that rabies is present in wild animals and that domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. Check your pet’s vaccinations. Avoid interacting with wildlife or feral animals. A Rabies vaccine clinic will be held on FR May 19 at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers. No appointment necessary. If anyone is bitten or scratched by wild animals or strays, report it to your doctor immediately, then to the Lee Dept of Health 239-332-9580.

    PLAY BRIDGE

    The Women’s Club of Fort Myers Beach invites all bridge players to join them every Tuesday and Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a day of social bridge. Players rotate throughout the day completing 6 rounds. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy good company and great bridge playing. $5 for non-members; $3 for members. Proceeds from the day go to support various community activities around the island. Coffee, ice tea and water are served. The Woman’s Club is located at 175 Sterling Avenue. For more information, please call Beverley Milligan at 239-529-8785.

    DINING DISCOUNT BOOK

    The 2017 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 62 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid through Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office, Bennett’s Chiropractic, Indian Creek Resort or Gavin’s Ace Hardware.

    BREAKFAST ON THE BEACH

    Join Biologist Dexter Norris at Newton Beach Park on FR May 26 at 8:30am for a fun walking tour/lecture about Fort Myers Beach and the natural environment. Breakfast provided. Reservations required. $15. Call 239-765-0865.

    SUMMER CAMPS

    Island kids have some great summer camp opportunities this year. Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Traditional Day Camp June 5 – August 4. Meeting MO-FR from 7:30am-6pm, camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Ages 6-13. Beginning at $75/week for members.. To register or for more information call
    239-765-4222.

    Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 6-15 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Meets MO-FR 9am-4pm. Sessions begin June 12. For registration, costs and more information call 239-765-0181 MO-SA from 10am-4pm or visit www.ostegobay.org

    Sailing Camp at the Mound House will be held June 19-23 for ages 8-11. Learn the fundamentals of sailing or perfect your skills with this week long sailing camp. Camp is held 8:30am-3:30pm each cay. Cost is $200. Students must be able to swim and bring a properly-fitted PFD, wear clothing and closed toe shoes that can get wet. Class is taught by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors and junior instructors. For details or to register contact Denise Monahan at 848-8969 or email deinse@seacoastcottagecompany.com. Registration forms available at Mound House or Bay Oaks. Space is limited.

    YOGA AT SEVEN SEAS

    Head to the Seven Seas house at Newton Park on Tuesday at 5:45pm for a yoga class taught by Susan Carter, RYT, an instructor with over ten years of experience. This drop-in yoga class is for all levels of yoga experience. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if they have one. $10/class. 239-765-0865

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. Please do your part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites. Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org

    MOUND HOUSE

    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA May 20 – 11am Gardens of the Mound House Walking Tour; 1pm & 2pm Guided Tour

    TU May 23 – 10am- Archeology of the Mound House; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour; 1pm – Calusa Shell Mound Tour

    WE May 24 – 9am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour; 2pm Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons; 1pm Garden Tour

    SA May 27 – 9am- Family Fun Kayak Tours; 2pm-Guided Tour; 10am-Calusa Pottery; 1pm-Indian Shell Mound Tour.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the newspapers and magazines in the Living Room or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Or participate in one of the programs offered each month in the 3rd floor Community Room. Anyone looking for a book for some beach reading should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    TH May 25 at 1:30pm – The Game of Chess

    FR May 26 from 9am-4pm – Piano Lessons for Children-must pre-register by May 23.

    LOVERS KEY STATE PARK

    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:

    FR May 19 – Estuary Wading Trip

    TU May 23 – Fishing Clinic

    TH May 25 – Cast-netting Clinic

    FR May 26 – Sensational Sharks