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    Phase II Estero Blvd Meeting Set

    There’s always a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events and be sure to pick up a copy of the August SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach!

    ESTERO BLVD MEETING

    The second segment of the Fort Myers Beach Waterline Replacement Project on Estero Blvd. is expected to begin this month. The second segment runs from Lover’s Lane, just north of Red Coconut RV Park, to Madera Road, just south of Publix. Residents and businesses in this segment are invited to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 5-7pm at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak St., FMB. A presentation will be offered at 5:30pm. Meet the project team and learn about the waterline construction. The waterline project is being done in conjunction with Lee County’s Estero Blvd Improvement Project. For more information visit www.reFRESHFMBeach.com or call Kaye Molnar, Public Information Officer, at 239-337-1071.

    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!

    LANGDALE BENEFIT

    Help out a local youth umpire who’s battling Lymphoma at a Rock ‘N Roll Benefit for Steve Langdale on SU, Aug 7 from Noon-9pm at Valerie’s Lounge, 17264 San Carlos Blvd. Steve has 3 kids, has been a youth umpire for 20 years, is a member of the Moose Lodge and St. Katharine Drexel Church. Several generous local musicians are donating their talent to entertain and help raise money along with a 50/50 drawing and Silent Auction. Stop by for amazing music, great food and a ton of fun!

    VFW SUNDAY BREAKFAST

    On SU, Aug 7, everyone is welcome at the Fort Myers Beach VFW Post 10097 for a “Gourmet Breakfast by Jaye & Friends”, 9am-12:30pm. Savor specialty breakfast items such as Jaye’s Triple Berry French Toast topped with berry compote, as well as regular breakfast items including eggs cooked to order, country fried steak and loaded omelets. The VFW is conveniently located at 17770 Pine Ridge Rd. 239-466-6400.

    COMMUNITY DAY

    Fish Tale Marina will host the 2nd Annual Community Day Fair celebrating local public safety officials on SA Aug 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm. Plan now to stop by this free, fun-filled event and enjoy games, face-painting, live entertainment and a chance to meet members of our public safety team: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, FMB Fire District, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. 7225 Estero. Blvd.

    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

     YOUTH SOCCER SIGNUP

    Fort Myers Beach Youth Soccer is now accepting registration from both players and coaches at www.fmbsoccer.com. Players age 3-17 are invited to participate. Practice for U18 has begun already. Practice for other teams will begin the week of Aug 22. U6-U10 teams will practice at Bay Oaks; older teams at Kelly Road Soccer Field 6. A Pee Wee division for 3 year olds who want to come out and have fun but who aren’t ready for league play is planned. Coaches and sponsors are needed. Registration cost is $75 for U6-U14 and $85 for U16-U18, payable online with a credit card. Players provide their own shin guards, cleats and ball. Game uniforms (jersey, shorts & socks) provided. Direct questions to Beth Cherry, Registrar, at fmbsoccer@embarqmail.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 Aug 12 at 1:30pm – Naked Meadow

     FWC INPUT

    The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold public workshops on a proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing critical wildlife areas (CWA) in the state. In SWFL, the FWC is considering designating 6 new CWA’s in Lee County, 3 in Pine Island Sound and 3 in Estero Bay. Workshops: Pine Island Sound – TU Aug 9 from 6:30-8:30pm at J.N. “Ding” Darling Education Center, Sanibel; Estero Bay – WE Aug 10 5:30-7:30pm at Fort Myers Regional Library, 22450 First St, Fort Myers. For more info visit MyFWC.com/CWA

     KAYAK ECO-TOUR

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Parke Lewis, Environmental Educator, biologist and an ACA certified kayak instructor. Experience the abundant natural beauty of Estero And Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered every SA in August from (8/6, 8/13, 8/20. 8/27) 8:30-11:30am. Cost $45/person (museum admission included. Members $15. All equipment provided. Reservations required-call 239-765-0865.

    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. Guided Museum Tours are offered from 9am-3pm most days the museum is open, call for availability. Extra fee for programs for non-members unless noted as free. Museum admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:

    –SAT Aug 6: 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons

    –TU Aug 9: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Archeology of the Mound House – Can You Dig it?

    –WE Aug 10: 10am – Settlers on the Shells

    –SAT Aug 13: 10am – The Night Life (ages 5-7)

    CALL FOR ARTISTS

    The 7th Annual Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival is now accepting artist registrations from the first 60 artists that apply before Sept 30. The Festival will be held Nov 7-13 and includes artists from across the country that will capture the beauty, light and texture of the local landscape. The three-day art competition will be followed by a two-day sale at Santini Marina Plaza. The Quick Draw competition will be held on SA Nov 12 and will include high school artists. Over $6,000 in prizes will be awarded. Registration and event information is available at www.PainttheBeach.com or by calling 757-618-3655.

    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 Aug 5 – Walk on the Wild Side

    WE Aug 10 – Art of the Calusa Talk

    FR Aug 12 – Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

     HEATSTROKE SAFETY

    The Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District, along with the Golisano Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids of Southwest Florida, remind Islanders to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute! If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911! Be sure everyone is out of a vehicle when unloading. Look before you leave!

    SOCK HOP ON THE BEACH

    Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) for a 50’s-60’s Sock Hop on the Beach at Lovers Key State Park on TH Sept 29 from 4-7pm. Join FOLKS at the gazebo for a  fun-filled evening of 50’s and 60’s music, dancing and contests. Participate in the Hula Hoop contest, Best Outfit contest or Jitterbug contest. Dinner and snacks served. $40/couple for FOLKS members; $45 for non-members. Cost includes park entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com. FOLKS will also hold a Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key on FR Oct 14, 2016. Watch for details.