It’s November and There’s Plenty to Do on the Beach

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    Christmas Boat Parade December 3rd

    It’s November and there is plenty to do on the beach! Make sure you don’t miss anything by checking out these Around & About announcements and be sure to pick up a copy of the November SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of what’s happening on the beach.

    Brews on the Bay

    The Estero Bay Buddies and Good Time Charters present Brews on the Bay, on SA Nov 19 from 3-6pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. The cruise aboard a 38-ft catamaran will allow passengers to soak up the bay’s natural beauty while enjoying locally made brew form Point Ybel Brewery. Tickets are $50 and include the cruise, two beer tickets and a commemorative glass. A Designated Driver Ticket is available for $40. Seating limited, so get your tickets now by calling 239-218-8014.

    Play Softball

    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field every Tues. and Thurs. at 10am through spring. No glove needed. Men and women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Ed 248-891-8848.

    Ostego Bay

    Support Ostego Bay Foundation by attending their Silent Auction and Old Fashioned Fish Fry on Fri., Dec 2nd from 5-8pm. Silent Auction items include one of a kind arts & crafts, cruises to Key West and more. Held at co-sponsor Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, 700 Fisherman’s Wharf, amidst the picturesque sailboats, boat docks and pelicans. Learn more about Ostego Bay Foundation at OstegoBay.org or call 239-765-8101.

    Harmonica Band

    The Fort Myers Harmonica Band invites all harmonica players and those who would like to learn how to play to their weekly meetings on Thursdays from 1-3pm at the Chapel of Salvation Army, 10291 McGregor Blvd. Learn Christmas songs for “kettle” play to help the Salvation Army or just play and practice for your own enjoyment. Can’t play? They’ll teach you. Questions? Call Dave Peters 610-653-7940

    Christmas Luncheon

    Join the Friends of the Mound House for their annual fundraising Christmas Luncheon at noon on SA Dec 3 at South Beach Grill. A Silent Auction and raffle tickets for exceptional items. A short musical program will be provided by Jo and Mark List. Tickets $50. Cash bar available. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Mound House for educational purposes. Tables may be reserved. For reservations call Ceel Spuhler 765-6472.

    Spirit of the Holidays

    The Beach Kids Foundation has announced their 2016 schedule. On Tues., Nov 29 from 5-9pm they will hold a Spirit Auction at Bayfront Bistro. Cocktails at 5pm, dinner and silent auction at 6pm; auction at 7:15pm. Auction items include Masters tickets, Hot air balloon ride, trip to the NFL Pro Bowl and more. Tickets $35 and available at Red Coconut RV Park or Century 21 Tri-Power Realty. On Sat.,Dec 10 they will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-10:30am at Red Coconut; Wed., Dec 21 a Gift Wrapping Party will be held at 5pm at Red Coconut. Their Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sat., Apr 16. Anyone wishing to donate auction items, children’s gifts or cash is asked to contact the foundation at 239-463-7200 or email info@beachkidsfoundation.org

    Estero Bay Preserve

    Estero Bay Buddies will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve with a Dinner and Silent Auction on FR Dec 2 at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs. A historical retrospective, oral history and keynote speakers will share the rich history of Estero Bay and the aquatic preserve program. Renowned photographer Clyde Butcher will attend and all guests will receive a signed poster, t-shirt and tote bag. Proceeds benefit community outreach activities, internship opportunities and education programs in the preserve and Estero Bay Preserve State Park. Tickets $75. Tickets available at www.esterobaybuddies.org

    Christmas Boat Parade

    Save the date for the 28th Annual Christmas Boat Parade on SA Dec 3 at 5pm. Brought to you by the FMB Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Salty Sam’s Marina. Be part of the parade — sign up now. Powerboats, large and small, sailboats are all invited to participate with prizes awarded in seven categories including Most Spirited Crew and People’s Choice. FMBBoatParade.com or call 239-454-7500 for more information.

    Volunteers Needed

    • The Mound House is expecting their busiest season yet and is seeking more volunteers who can help at the museum one day a week, whether mornings (9am-12:30pm) or afternoons (12:30-4pm). There are monthly volunteer meetings during season to keep everyone well informed, provide training and take field trips. Seasonal residents are welcome. Mound House hours May-Dec. are Tues., Wed., and Sat., 9am-4pm; Jan-Apr Tues., Sat. 9am-4pm. Pick a day that fits your schedule and join this wonderful group of volunteers! Call Penny Jarrett at 239-765-0202 x 1903 for more information.
    • Join the fun by volunteering at the Sand Sculpting Championships Nov 18-27. Volunteers help monitor the event entrance or sell t-shirts. Morning and afternoon shifts available. Volunteers provided water, event entry, lunch and t-shirt. Call to sign up today Rhonda
      239-454-7500.

    Shrimp Princesses

    It’s time to apply to participate in the Fort Myers Beach 59th Shrimp Festival Queen Pageant! Young ladies age 16-20 are eligible to apply. Participation includes awards and prizes, social events, a ride atop of a Corvette convertible in the Shrimp Festival parade, pageant gift bags and community service hours for school. The Queen receives a $500 college scholarship. Applicants can enter with their own sponsor or the Lions Club will provide one. Deadline to enter is January 15, 2017. For more information and an application go to FMBShrimpFestival.com or contact Pageant Coordinator Tracey Gore 239-849-3603 or
    t-gore@comcast.net.

    Sand Sculpting Championships

    The 30th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championships will be held daily Nov 18-27 from 10am-5pm at Wyndham Garden Resort. The largest Sand Sculpting event in Florida features 16 master sculptors, over 40 sculptures, contests, vendors, live music, lessons and demos and plenty of kids’ activities. Master Solo, Master Doubles, National Advanced Amateur competitions. Quick Sand contests, demonstrations, lessons, live music, vendors and more. Admission $7; Under 4 free. Details at fmbsandsculpting.com

    Art Gallery

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Gallery is now open MO-SA 10am-3pm. Their Fall Member Judged Show is now on exhibit through Dec. 8 in Studio 1. Studio 2 features works by FMBAA artists who traveled to Acadia this September. A Gallery Talk will be held SU Nov 20 at 1pm with a reception and awards ceremony at 2:15pm. All are welcome. The Gallery is open to all with free admission. Classes offered for both beginners and experienced artists in a variety of mediums during the season. Stop by the gallery at Donora and Shell Mound to learn more, visit fortmyersbeachart.com or call 239-463-3909.

    Shell Point Presents

    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:

    William & Beth Larsen, Flutists Mon., Nov 21st, 7pm, $26. 239-454-2067

    The Middle East: Origins of the Turmoil Tues., Nov. 29th, 4:30pm. $10 239-489-8472

    Cantus Tues., Dec 6th,  7:30pm. $36. 239-454-2067

    Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries: Minimally Invasive Hip & Knee                        Replacements. Thurs., Dec. 8th,  2:15pm. Free. 239-433-7936.

    Christmas Celebration Sun., Dec. 11th,  6:15pm. $10+, 239-454-2147

    Holiday Pops Mon., Dec. 12th, 7:30pm. $36. 239-454-2067

    Sunset Celebration

    Gather with friends and neighbors every Fri. and Sat. from 5-9pm in Time Square for a Sunset Celebration featuring live music, food and fun!

    Morning Meander

    A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on Sat., Dec 3 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7 near the train station. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580.