Grouper Grapple Fishing Tournament in August

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There’s a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out this list of Island announcements and pick up a copy of the July SAND LIFE for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!

JUNOR RANGER WADING TOUR

Hey kids- those age 6 and up can join a ranger on TH July 21 at 10 am at Lovers Key State Park to learn more about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique. Explore the sea grass flats, see young fish, seahorses, shrimp and more that inhabit the grasses. Dress to get wet. After the program, begin your journey to become a Junior Ranger through fun self-led activities. Reservations required. Call 239-463-4588.

PROTECT OUR TURTLES

It’s a record turtle nesting season on our beach and nests are beginning to hatch. 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

BLOOD DRIVES

During the summer months local blood banks really need blood donors as many regular donors have headed north for the summer. Upcoming blood drives:

FR July 15, 7:30-11:30am at FMB Fire Station 31, 3043 Estero Blvd; 12:30-3:30pm at Love Boat Ice Cream.

SA July 30, 9am-5pm at Lani Kai. T-shirts to all donors, food, live music and giveaways.

BAYSIDE PARK ACCESS MEETING

Neighbors of the Bayside/Fountain Park Public Access are invited to attend a meeting on WE July 20 from 5-6:30pm at Town Hall. Bayside/Fountain Park is located at the end of Old San Carlos Blvd. between Nervous Nellie’s and Snug Harbor condo. Join Town Staff and a Town Council Member to discuss various options for your street’s bay access.

BONSAI

Those with an interest in Bonsai are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Bonsai Society of SWFL on SA July 16 at 9am at the SPLAC building on Metro Plantation Road, Fort Myers. Raffles will be held and members are encouraged to bring trees for advice. Bonsai (pronounced ‘bone-sigh’) is the practice of raising small artistic trees in pots. Plans are in progress for the annual bonsai show in November. Guests are welcome. No charge to attend. Free parking. For more information visit bonsaiswfl.org or call Hamilton 239-707-1000.

GROUPER GRAPPLE

Fish Tale Marina will host the 4th Annual Grouper Grapple on Aug 12-13. Captain’s Meeting FR Aug 12; Tournament SA Aug 13. All team entry fees paid out to winning teams/anglers. Grouper Grapple will again partner with Freedom Alliance to sponsor a group of 16 military veterans, providing each veteran the chance to experience freedom on the water with a Back Bay fishing excursion, including airfare, hotel and much more. 100% of sponsor fees, silent auction sales and ticket sales benefit Freedom Alliance. www.GrouperGrapple.com

BEACH LIBRARY

Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. The Friends Used Book Store is located on the third floor and is open MO-FR 9:15am-4: 45pm. Upcoming programs include:

FR July 15 at 1:30pm – Naked Meadow, essays and poems

MO July 18 at 10:30am – Facebook & Twitter (pre-register)

TU July 19 at 10:30am – Book Discussion, “Under the Influence” by Joyce Maynard. Newcomers welcome!

WE July 20 at 1:30pm – Afternoon Movie, “Sea Fog” (pre-register at least 1 day in advance)

FR July 22 from 9am-1pm – Voter Assistance in foyer; 10:30am-Windows 10 (pre-register)

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Beach School students and their families are invited to an Open House at Beach Elementary on SA, Aug 6 from 9-10am. Following the Open House, a pool party will take place at the Beach Pool from 10-11:30am featuring ice cream donated by Truly Scrumptious!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Community Cooperative will increase the delivery of Meals on Wheels to 6 days a week beginning in August and needs 35 more drivers for Saturday mornings. They could also use volunteers for their other shifts: Mo-SA 6-9am; 9am-1pm and MO-FR 12-4pm. If you are interested in becoming a permanent or back up driver, contact Jennifer Larsen 239-337-1055 or visit CommunityCooperative.com

HEALING SERVICE

Saint Raphael’s Episcopal Church will resume their Healing Service on WE Sept 21 at 10am.

MOUND HOUSE EVENTS

Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. 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. Admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming events:

–SAT July 16: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Archeology of the Mound House. Can You Dig it? ($5/members free)

-TU July 19: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Gardens of the Mound House($5+museum admission/members free);

-WE July 20 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am – Shell Science ($5/members free).

–SAT July 23: 9am-3pm – Guided Museum Tours ($5+museum admission/members free); 10am-Live Creatures from the Gulf($5/members free)

MEET THE CANDIDATES

The Lee Republican Women Federated August Dinner Meeting will be held MO Aug 8 at Pinchers – The Marina at Edison Ford, 2360 W. 1st St, Fort Myers beginning at 5:15pm with a social. Dinner and program to follow. All are welcome to attend. The Program will include candidates for School Board District 3: Lori Fayhee & Chris Patricca; District 2: Jeannie Dozier & Melissa Giovannelli; District 7: Cathleen Morgan & Chris Quackenbush; Lee Commission District 5: Ken Dobson and Republican Committeewoman: Doris Cortese & Nancy McGovern. Cost $25. To attend, RSVP to Wren at 270-210-1284 or wrenspet@hotmail.com before noon Aug 4.

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 July 15-Florida Manatee Talk

TU July 19-Fishing Clinic

TH July 21-Junior Ranger Wading Tour

FR July 22-Estuary Wading Tour

WATER DISCUSSION

The Democratic Club of the Islands will meet to hear several Sanibel experts discuss the subject, “What We All Need to Know About Local Consequences of Compromised Water” at their TH July 21 meeting at 7pm at the Sanibel Public Library, 770 Dunlop Rd. The meeting is free and open to the public. Speakers include Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Policy Director Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Dr. Bruce Neill, Executive Director of The Sanibel Sea School and a Marine Biologist and Holly Milbrandt, Environmental Biologist, Natural Resource Department of Sanibel. Each brings a unique perspective on our local water issues. Water is a non-partisan issue as residents and tourists alike are impacted by local water quality. There will be a question and answer period. For more information call 313-5718 or email demclubislands@gmail.com

AGING TO PERFECTION

Chapel by the Sea will host a 3-session program on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as we age, “Aging to Perfection” on MO Aug 1, 8 & 15th from 10-11am at Silver Hall. The interactive program is designed to connect people and resources with innovative ideas and strategies to live a healthy life as we age. Free and open to the public. RSVP at 239-463-3137 x 20 or email denise@chapelbts.org.

FARMERS MARKET

The Farmer’s Market at Beach Baptist Church will be open every WE from 9am-2pm throughout the summer at the church located at Estero Blvd and Connecticut St.

RECYCLE SMART

Lee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic container with a #1-#7 on them, glass bottles/jars, cardboard. Avoid ‘wish”cycling – putting items in that you wish could be recycled. Learn more at http://bit.ly/FMBrecycle