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    SPAGHETTI DINNER

    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will host its monthly, community Spaghetti Dinner on SA July 13 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & Meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $10/person with kids 10 and under free. Wine tickets 2 for $5.

    HOME SECURITY

    Join Peggy Lince of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for a presentation on TU July 16 at 10:30am at the Beach Library 3rd floor Community Room on how to assure you are not a target of identity theft or financial crimes. This workshop will address mail and residential security. Free,

    BOWLING BASH

    The 6th Annual FMB Chamber Bowling Bash will be held on July 18 from 4-9pm at Beach Bowl. Enter a team of up to 6 players and play from 5-7pm or 7-9pm. Cost is $75/team or $14/individual or $10 gallery ticket for non-players. Open to the public. Prizes for each round, plus free food and a cash bar. Contact the Chamber for registration information, 239-454-7500.

    KIDDIE POOL

    The kiddie pool is currently closed for the installation of a new play structure. The new structure will be completed and the kiddie pool open around the beginning of August. Expect updates closer to August on exact date. During the construction, the main pool will remain open.

    ART QUILTERS

    Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) will hold their next meeting on SA July 13 at 12:30pm at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. AQU is a group of artists interested in sharing fiber arts knowledge, supporting creativity through workshops and expanding the appreciation of our work with community and regional exhibits. All are welcome – novice to expert. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the following months:  January, February, March, May, July, September and November. For more information visit www.artquiltersunlimited.com

    FMB ART ASSOCIATION

    Support the Fort Myers Beach Art Association by participating in Drag Queen Bingo every Friday in July at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar,19001 San Carlos Blvd. Bingo like you’ve never played it before! Cost is $20 at the door, with $10 going directly to the FMB Art Association. Starts at 7pm, come early to get a seat. Eight chances to win a prize.

    KIWANIS MEETINGS

    The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club invites anyone interested in learning more about their service club and their efforts to serve our community and children to attend one of their meetings at Bonita Bill’s meeting room, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. They offer a flexible meeting schedule with lunch or dinner meetings. Their next dinner meeting is on TH July 18 at 5:30pm and their next lunch meeting on FR Aug 9 at noon. Future lunch meetings are planned for Sept. 6; dinner meetings on Aug 22 and Sept 19. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.

    FLORIDA YARDS

    Join the Lee County Extension Services on SA July 20 from 10am-12pm for a free Florida Yards & Neighborhoods class at Lakes Park Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. Learn the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn the nine principles of creating and maintaining a  “Florida-Friendly Yard.” Class is free, but please register at FYNLL2019.eventbrite.com or call
    239-533-4000.

    CHRISTMAS IN JULY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library will host its second annual Christmas in July celebration on TH July 25. Head to the library for all things Christmas – cookies, punch, music, games and Mrs. Claus. Volunteers are invited to contact the library if you can bake cookies or help at the event. Call the library at 239-765-8162 to volunteer or for more information.

    SWIM LESSONS

    The Beach Pool at the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus offers swim lessons MO – TH from 8:30-10am. The last summer weekday session will be July 22 – Aug 1. Fall swim lessons will be offered on WE from 2:30 – 3:30pm Aug 28 – Oct 9; or on Sunday from 11am-12:30pm Aug 25 – Oct 6. Call the pool for details 239-463-5759.The Beach Pool is open from 10am – 6pm every day until September. Rates are discounted due to the generous contributions of the Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club and their “Every Child a Swimmer” program.

    ADULT KICKBALL           

    Get your team together now for the Bay Oaks Adult Co-ed Kickball league on WE nights, beginning July 31. $150/team, minimum of 9 players per team. Register by July 22. Call 239-765-4222 for more info.

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission. 239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor, all in air-conditioned comfort! The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    FR July 12: 10:30am- Family Movie, “Madagascar” PG, Free.

    MO July 15: 1:30pm – History of Hollywood

    TU July 16: 10:30am – Mail & Residential Security; Book Discussion “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver.

    FR July 19: 10:30am- Family Movie, “Madly Madagascar” 22 minutes, Free.

    TU July 23: 10:30am- Family Movie, “Madagascar 3 – Europe’s Most Wanted” PG, Free.

    TH July 25: 9:30am – 5pm Christmas in July

    FR July 26: 1:30pm Meet the Artist of the Month, Berry van Boekel

    MOUND HOUSE

    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA July 13: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Shell Mound Tour

    TU July 16: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE July 17: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    FR July 19: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA July 20: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Explorign Archaeology; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    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:

    TU July 16 – Fishing Clinic; Manatee Talk

    FR July 19 – Walk on the Wild Side

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    FMB is in the midst of turtle nesting AND hatching season! Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! If you rent your condo or home near the beach, change outdoor bulbs now and leave instructions to close the drapes after sunset to prevent light from shining on the beach. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. You can make a difference! For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.

    HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES

    Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, passes may be required to re-enter the island. If you have a Purple (resident) or Yellow (business) pass, they are valid for the 2019 season. If you do not already have one of those, pick up an application at Town Hall or online at The Town of Fort Myers Beach website: Emergency Preparedness. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call
    239-765-0202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!