It’s Happening On and Around Fort Myers Beach

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    Don’t miss any of the fun on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and pick up your August copy of SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for a guide to everything happening on the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    Nervous Nellie’s will host a Blood Drive with OneBlood on SA Aug 26 from 1:30-7:30pm. Give the gift of life and get 25% off your Nervous Nellie’s bill.

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF BUNCHE BEACH

    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on SA Aug 26 at 8:30am. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also waterfowl, raptors and warblers. Free with paid parking. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet, water and your love of nature. Meet on the beach. For more info call 239-707-3015

    TAXPAYERS MEETING

    The Estero Island Taxpayers Association will hold a special meeting on MO Aug 28 at 4pm at Junkanoo’s 2nd floor banquet room to discuss the proposed Fort Myers Beach revised short-term rental ordinance. All stakeholders are welcome to attend. If unable to attend, comments can be sent to info@@esteroislandta.com.

    AMERNET CONCERT

    The Amernet String Quartet will present a concert on TU Aug 29 at 7pm at Shell Point as part of the 2017 Shell Point Summer concert Series. The Amernet String Quartet serves as an ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami. The performance will be held in a chamber-style setting that will allow audience members to mix & mingle with performers and enjoy refreshments following the concert. Tickets 420 online at shellpoint.org or by calling 239-454-2067.

    CITIZEN SCIENTISTS NEEDED

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve are working to establish a Monarch butterfly population in the Preserve and need volunteers to act as citizen scientists to monitor progress. Training provided. All you need is a willingness to help and a sense of curiosity. To volunteer call 239-565-7437.

    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.

    MORNING MEANDER

    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Sept 2 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.

    CIVIC ASSOCIATION

    The Beach Area Civic Association will hold a meeting on TH Sept 5 at 6pm in Bonita Bill’s meeting room on San Carlos Island. They will discuss updates on the TPI downtown FMB proposal, Bay Harbour Marina Village and the San Carlos Blvd. study plus other development issues on Estero and San Carlos Islands. All are welcome.

    WILD COFFEE DUO

    The Shell Point Summer Concert Series continues with a performance of the Wild Coffee Duo at 7pm TH Sept 7 at the Social Center on The Island at Shell Point. Pianist Abbey Allison and cellist Susie Kelly are classically trained and offer an engaging repertoire that features a variety of musical styles. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 239-454-2067.

    AUTHOR EVENT

    Author Marta Elva will be the guest speaker at the Sept 8, 2017 meeting of the Friends of Lakes Regional Library at 1:00pm. Ms. Elva, who was born in Mexico and currently resides in Matlacha, will discuss her novel, “AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS.” Friends programs are free and welcome the public. No registration is required. Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach and nests are hatching. 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 or replace them with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites. Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Fill in any holes you dig. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org

    NEWTON HOUSE YOGA 

    Susan Carter now offers classes at Newton Park on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30pm (note new start time) and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30am. Classes are $10. Carter is a Certified Iyengar Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist. Due to hotel renovations, she no longer offers yoga classes at DiamondHead resort.

    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, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:

    SA Aug 26 -_ 8am – Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 10am – Archeology of the Mound House, Can You Dig It?; 11am – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Tour

    TU Aug 29 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 11am & 2pm– Guided Tour; 1pm – Calusa Indian Shell Mound tour

    WE Aug 30 – 11am – Scents from the Garden; 1pm Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour; 2pm– Guided Tour

    TH Aug 31 – 8am-Guided Kayak Eco Tour

    MOOSE VETERAN OFFER

    The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 964 at 19090 San Carlos Blvd, FMB, is offering a free year of membership in their fraternal organization to all active military and first responders as a way of saying thanks for being there for our community. Annual dues are normally $60. For more information call the Moose Lodge at 239-463-2221 or stop by the lodge.

    VETERAN SERVICES

    Lee County Veteran Services offers a monthly outreach program in south Lee County from 9am-3pm on the first Friday of each month at the Bonita East United Way House, 26820 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, with lead agency Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. Lee County Veteran Services counsels and educates veterans, their dependents and survivors on potential benefits available to them from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs and other government agencies. They offer guidance with compensation, pensions, education, survivor benefits and more. Veterans, dependents and survivors can make appointments by calling 239-533-8381. Walk-ins are also welcome.

    Lee County Veteran Services serves as a hub for government, private and nonprofit resources designated to aid individuals and families. For more information call
    239-533-7930.

    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. The EIHS is raising funds for a survey to begin the process of adding another historic cottage to their compound. Support them by joining the Historic Society. Cost is $15/year or $100 for a lifetime membership. Mail your check to: Estero Island Historic Society, PO Box 2815, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932.

    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 containers 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 bit.ly/FMBrecycle