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    Don’t miss out on any of the fun on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and pick up a SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for a guide to everything happening on the beach.

    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.

    Swim Lessons

    Summer is swim lesson time. The Beach pool offers lessons for just $20 thanks to the support of the Beach Kiwanis Club’s “Every Child a Swimmer” program. The next Saturday session will be held July 29-Sept 2.For more information and class times call the pool
    239-463-5759.

    Youth Soccer Sign Up

    The Fort Myers Beach Soccer Club Season starts in July for U18 boys and girls born between Aug 1999 & July 2003. Younger age groups (U6, U8, U10, U12 and U15) start in early August for players born between August 2003 & Jan 2013. Teams are forming now.  On-line registration is available at www.fmbsoccer.com.

    Paint + Wine Parties

    You’ve heard of these parties, it’s time to join in the fun and try one out with Vino’s Picasso. Local artists will take you step by step through recreating a piece of art. It’s fun and easy and you’ll leave with your very own masterpiece. $30 includes all materials and instruction. Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30pm at The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar, 2801 Estero Blvd. Reservations are required at www.VINOSpicasso.com. Look for the off-site calendar.

    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:

    FR July 21 – 8:30am — Breakfast on the Beach at Newton Park

    SA July 22 – 8:30am – Family Fun Kayak Tour; 11am – Crafting with Nature; 2pm – Guided Tour

    TU July 25 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 10am – Calusa Indian Pottery; 11am– Guided Tour; 1pm – Family Adventures at the Mound House; 2pm – Shell Mound Tour

    WE July 26 – 8am -Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 10am – Scents of the Garden; 11am – Guided Tour; 1pm – Family Adventures; 2pm – Calusa Indian Shell Mount Tour

    FR July 28 – 8:30am – Family Fun Kayak Tour

    SA July 29 -_ 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons 11am – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm -Family Adventures at the Mound House; 2pm-Guided Tour.

    Beach Library

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the library’s many collections or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Anyone looking for a good beach read should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. The Knotty Bean Coffee Bar on the 3rd floor is now open MO-FR 9am-12pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:

    TU July 25, 10:30am – Memory Improvement

    FR July 28, 10am-2pm — Piano Lessons for Children

    Free Fun

    In recognition of National Park & Recreation Month, Lee County will offer free pool admission and free parking at county sites on SA July 29 and SU July 30. Included are Lakes Park, Bowditch Point Park, Lynn Hall Park, Bunche Beach and Punta Rassa Boat Ramp. For more information call 239-533-7275 or visit www.leeparks.org.

    Blood Drive

    The need for blood donations rises in the summer just as snowbird donors head north. Can you donate blood this month? On SA July 22 from 9am-5pm the Kenny Conidaris Marrow Search/Blood Drive will take place at Lani Kai Resort, 1400 Estero Blvd, FMB. This year’s drive marks Kenny’s 11-year survival anniversary of beating the odds against cancer. T-shirt to all donors with food, giveaways and great live music. Sponsored by Budweiser and the Tabarrini Foundation.

    Free Summer Lunch for Kids

    Beach Elementary School is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, “Summer Breakspot.” Any child age 18 and younger can receive a free meal at any Breakspot location. No forms, no cost. From June 5 through July 28, excluding July 4th, lunch will be offered at Beach School from 11am-12pm each Monday-Friday. It’s totally free, no sign up required. An adult must accompany children. For more information on Beach School Breakspot call 239-463-7430. Other locations serving on the same dates include Harlem Heights Elementary School at 15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, offering breakfast from 9-9:30am MO-FR and lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Call 570-939-2959 for more Harlem Heights info. Also Lakes Park at 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers will offer lunch from 12-12:30pm and a snack from 3-3:30pm. Call 239-826-4233 for more Lakes Park info.

    Historic Cottage

    Estero Island Historic Society Historic Cottage is open each WE and SA from 10am-12 noon. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Turn at the Library.

    Bay Oaks Campus

    Tucked in behind the Beach Library and just south of Topps, is one of the best-kept secrets of Fort Myers Beach – Bay Oaks Recreation Center and the Beach Pool! Both offer both fitness and fun for residents and visitors on a shady campus filled with oak trees.

    Beach Pool

    The Beach Pool at 2600 Oak Street, shown on our cover this month offers 7,000 square feet of refreshing water fun, including a family area with shallow water and slides, while the heated main pool offers lap swimming and a big slide. Twice a month, on the first and last weekend of the month during the summer, they put the Aqua Glide, an interactive floating obstacle course, out in the main pool. Plus there are water fitness classes and swim lessons! The facility can be rented for private parties and celebrations. Admission is $4 for adult Bay Oaks members and $7/adult non-members; $2/child Bay Oaks members; $5/child non-member. The pool is open 7 days a week. 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and Noon-6pm on Sundays. For more information on the pool, call 239-463-5759.

    Bay Oaks Recreation Center

    Down a short walk between the ball diamonds at Bay Oaks, you’ll find the Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Inside the center you’ll find a large gym with new lighting and a renovated fitness room – the largest fitness center on the beach, filled with treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, strength machines and free weights. Bay Oaks offers over 30 programs for everyone, from youth to seniors, that range from yoga to pickleball, summer youth camp to bocce ball. The Bay Oaks Social Seniors (BOSS) offers seniors the opportunity to connect with each other through regular table games and classes and participate in special trips to see plays and enjoy kayak and bike trips.

    In addition to the gym and pool, the Bay Oaks campus includes 4 tennis courts, two baseball/softball fields, a Disc Golf course and a playground. Bay Oaks Rec Center, 2732 Oak Street, is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-9pm and Saturday 10am-9pm. Island residents can sign up for a free membership. Drop by the center to pick up a current newsletter or view it online at fmbgov.com. For more Bay Oaks Recreation Center information, call
    239-765-4222.