TAPA HOP TIME
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.
FREE WELLNESS FAIR
Stop by Hammerhead Beach Gym on TH Aug 25 from 7-8pm for a Healthy Happy Hour – Free Wellness Fair. Several local health & fitness experts will be attending, including Personal Trainer Janna Clark, Massage Therapist Corri Francisco, Chiropractor Nicole Bennett, Nutritionist Anthony Amato and Wellness Therapist Dorothy Rodwell, Gym memberships/training packages, vitamins, supplements and essential oils will be available. 3051 Estero Blvd.
PUNTA RASSA RAMP WORK
Beginning MO Aug 22, work to replace the Punta Rassa boat ramp will begin and only two of the four lanes will be open for much of the next three months. Occasionally all four lanes will be closed for safety. During construction the Lee County Parking Sticker will be honored at the City of Sanibel boat ramp, just across the causeway, so boaters with stickers have the option to pay the bridge toll and use that ramp without paying its meter fee. The project will include new docks and ramps and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.
Do your part to help keep local blood banks full. A blood drive will be held at Key West Express, 1200 Main St., FMB, on TU Aug 23 from 9:30am-3:30pm. Donors will receive a goodie bag with discount cards and free food and drink coupons from a variety of participating businesses.
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. Tickets range from $15-$35. For details call 239-454-2067. Upcoming events include:
-SWFL Chamber Symphony Orchestra TH Aug 25 at 7:30pm
-Gulfshore Trio TH Sept 15 at 7:30pm
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:
WE Aug 24 at 1:30pm – Wordstock
FREE DENTAL CARE
First Baptist Church will host a fully-equipped mobile dental unit provided by the Florida Baptist Convention in their parking lot at 130 Connecticut Aug 22-26. The mobile dental unit includes two operating rooms, dental supplies and an x-ray machine, providing free dental care to low-income and uninsured adults. For details or to make an appointment call Beach Baptist 239-463-6452.
Anyone interested in Bonsai, the practice of raising small artistic trees in pots, is invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Bonsai Society of SWFL on SA Aug 20 at 9am at the SPLAC building on Metro Plantation Rd, Fort Myers. Entry and parking are free.
TAPA HOP TIME
The FMB Chamber of Commerce yearly pub crawl features trolley rides to six great FMB area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapa’ included in the price of the event. The Tapa Hop on TU Sept 20 from 4:30-9pm also includes raffles, grand prizes and a poker run. Ticket sale will open 2 weeks before the event. Call the chamber at 239-454-7500 to be put on the waiting list. Ticket sales are open now to chamber members. Participating restaurants this year are Bootleggers, Fish House, Island View, Pinchers, Junkanoo and Matanzas on the Bay.
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:
–SA Aug 20: 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons
–TU Aug 23: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Calusa Indian Crafts (all ages)
–WE Aug 24: 10am – Food, Fortunes, Medicines & Poisons
–SA Aug 27: 10am – Archeology of the Mound House – Can You Dig It?
SENIOR DOG RESCUE YOGA
Join local instructor Becky Lang for a special Yoga on the Beach class fundraiser where ALL proceeds will go to benefit Senior Paws Sanctuary Dog Rescue here is SWFL. The class on SA Aug 27 from 8:30-9:30am on the beach just north of the pier in front of the Edison Beach House, will be a Level 1 flow class suitable for most people. No registration necessary, come to the beach a little before 8:30am with your mat, water and rescue donation. Minimum suggested donation is $10. For more info on the rescue visit www.seniorpawssanctuary.com. For more info on the class call Becky at 239-791-6538
The Town of Fort Myers Beach is seeking members to serve on the Town’s advisory committees and boards. Current members of any board who are up for renewal are asked to inform the Town Clerk of their interest in reappointment by Sept 1. Islanders who are not currently serving and wish to be considered for an open seat on any of the advisory boards is asked to submit a letter of interest with a brief summary of qualifications and a short bio by WE Sept 21. Council is expected to make selections at their Oct 3 meeting. For more information visit www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov or inquire at the Clerk’s office, 239-765-0202.
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!
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 19 – Florida Manatee Talk
WE Aug 24 – Signs of Wildlife
FR Aug 26 – Sea Turtle Talk
JUNIOR RANGER ADVENTURE: THE LORAX
Kids age 6 and up are invited to join a park ranger to celebrate Literacy Day on TH Sept 8 at 4pm with a reading of this classic Dr. Seuss book which continues to offer a timely message regarding biodiversity. Following the story, join a park ranger in an activity to ensure the park remains beautiful for generations to come! Free with park entry. Pre-registration required, space is limited. 239-463-4588.
KALKOA’S BEACH BASH
Join the Salt Warriors and their mascot Kalkoa for a Party with a Cause at Lovers Key State Park on SA Sept. 10 from 2-7pm. Hang out for an hour or all day and enjoy live music, a kid-friendly area, craft beer, amazing food and special events like paddleboard classes, beach yoga, painting and more. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer and The Kira Foundation: Advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. 239-734-0204
FILLET & RELEASE
It’s time to be planning your participation in the 12th Annual Fillet & Release tournament for Hope Hospice on SA Sept 24 at Matanzas Inn. Last year’s payout was $17,430! Cost to enter is $350/team with a max of 4 anglers per boat. Shot gun start at 7am; weigh in ceremony at 3pm. Raffle, dinner for registered anglers. Guests may purchase mean for $10. Captains meeting on Sept 23 at 6:30pm at Bahama Breeze. Additional information at filletandrelease4hospice.com
Have fun serving your community and others! The Fort Myers Beach Lions meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at St. Raphael’s Parish Hall, 5601 Williams Dr, FMB. Social Hour starts at 6pm and the meeting begins at 7pm. Anyone interested in joining this great organization can learn more by visiting their website at fmblions.com or joining them for a meeting.