Hear About the Koreshans on the Beach


    Around and About the Island offers announcements of all there is to do on Fort Myers Beach. Also be sure to pick up a copy of the January SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine.


    Estero Island Historic Society invites the public to attend a free presentation on The Koreshans. The presentation will be held MO Jan 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library. Lovers Key State Park Ranger Norma Zambrano of the Koreshan State Historic Site will speak about the fascinating history and influence of the Koreshan religious group on Fort Myers Beach. Learn about the Koreshans’ unique worldview, cosmology and their ingenious, industrious innovations in taming the southwest Florida wilderness in the late 1890’s.

    All EIHS Public Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 2755 Estero Blvd., in the Community Room, 3rd floor. Public meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Call the Estero Island Historical Society at 239-463-0435 for details, or Fort Myers Beach Public Library at 239-765-8165.


    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Jan 7 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.


    Yee-haw! All fans of the Wild Wild West best be markin’ their calendars because the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation’s Wild Wild West Charity Ball comes to town on January 13, 2017 from 6-10pm at the DiamondHead Resort. Experience the Gold Rush, Live and Silent Auctions, Line Dancing demonstration, ‘Good Grub’ and a cash bar. All cowboys, cowgirls, gamblers, saloon gals, banditos and Indians welcome. Tickets are $70/person or $650/table of 10. For tickets contact Mary Louise Bauman at 513-235-5651 or mlbauman944@gmail.com “Git Yer Tickets Right Quick”


    Estero Island Taxpayers Association (EITA) will host its 2nd meeting on TU, Jan 10, 2017 at the historic Fort Myers Beach Women’s Club, 175 Sterling Avenue, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EITA has invited a panel of stakeholders to explain and discuss issues that will impact taxpayers, covering everything from time, traffic, taxes and credits! We hope to demystify the stormwater project on Estero Island by giving taxpayers the facts directly from those responsible for the project.


    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will host their monthly ‘Moon Walk in the Preserve’ on TH Jan 12 at 5:30pm. This experiential hands-on program will awaken and sharpen participant’s senses of smell, touch, hearing and night vision. Join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and celebrate the darkness and the moon. Meet at the entrance to the Preserve behind the Historical Cottage on Bay Street. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Adults only. Limited to 12 participants. To register, call Jim 239-565-7437.


    This year’s Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts Winter Concert Series is going to be is better than ever. The Friends, whose mission is to promote and support theater, music, culinary and visual arts on Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding community with a vision to make the arts on Fort Myers Beach accessible for all to enjoy and discover, look forward to offering some great entertainment beginning next month. In early 2017 former member of 50’s and 60’s group, The Platters, Al Holland and Friends will perform on January 26. February 24 means it’s time to catch a wave with coastal sounds of Beach Boys-related California Surf, Inc. Demand for this Naples-based, father and son led-band, Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. brings them back to the Island on March 30. Finally, to bring it on home will be the first ever Southwest Florida appearance of the Atlantic City Boys singing the crooning tunes of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on April 20.

    Tickets are $25. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit friendsoftheartsfmb.com, call (239) 463- 3600 or connect with Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts on Facebook. All shows will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Fish-Tale Marina Propeller Lounge at 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.


    The Friends of the Beach Library will host a Book Sale on SA Jan 28 from 9am-12:30pm in the parking garage under the library. Stop by for minimal prices with lots of choose from on the table.


    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation is accepting applications for its Scholarship Fund. March 1st is the deadline for submission. The scholarship program was established to further the educational focus of the foundation and its efforts to build healthy communities through individual and family involvement and a commitment to community service. Recipients will be selected on the basis of performance in 3 key areas: Community Service, Employment and School Involvement, Written Essay and Academic and Leadership Activities. More information can be found on the Foundation website at www.fortmyersbeachcf.com or by calling Brenda McGinn at 239.463.5418.


    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will host author J.C. Ferguson on Friday January 13, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Library.

    Ms. Ferguson has written several books and will discuss her latest, ” Mangrove Madness ” a mystery that is set in the Florida Gulf Coast.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.


    The Friends of Lakes Regional Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00am until 4;00pm at the Library.

    The sale features a large selection of books, including fiction ,non-fiction and audio books as well as CD’s and DVD’s. GREAT PRICES!

    Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.


    Chapel by the Sea will host a program, The Basis by Alzheimer’s Association, on WE Jan 11 from 10-11:30am. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more. RSVP to chapel@chapelbts.org or call
    239-463-3173 x 20.


    The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO will be held on TH Jan 1 from noon-5pm at Wal-Mart on San Carlos Blvd. The EXPO offers door prizes, giveaways, discounts and business incentives, along with refreshments and music. Come find out what the Fort Myers Beach business community has to offer you. Free admission. For more information, call the Chamber at 239-454-7500.


    Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. Upcoming events include:

    -Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass SU Jan 8 at 6:15pm $10+ 239-454-2147

    -LifeQuest Wellness Expo TU Jan 10 from 10am-2pm, Free 239-454-2152

    -American Portraits-The Dallas Brass & Daniel Rodriguez. $36, 239-454-2067

    -History of Ancient Egypt MO Jan 16, TU Jan 24, MO Jan 30, TU Feb 7, Feb 14, 21. 4:15-5:45pm. $10/session. Pre-registration required.


    Over 200 national and international artists will display their work at this Art Festival on Jan 14 & 15 from 10am-5pm in Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. Paintings, glass, jewelry, clay, photography, sculpture, wood and more. Suggested donation of $5 benefits the Center for the Arts, Bonita Springs scholarship programs. 239-495-8989.


    The 8th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony at Lovers Key State Park is now taking registrations. The Feb 14th event is open to only 80 couples and is expected to sell out both 10am and 3pm ceremonies. Both ceremonies will take place at the beachside gazebo and will include a Champagne toast, full brunch/lunch, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, photo plus a special gift and door prizes. Cost is $75/couple, a non-refundable donation to the Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS). To register, contact Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or fjgreenwood@gmail.com.