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    Don’t miss any of the fun on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and pick up your September copy of SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine now 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.

     HURRICANE IRMA

    As of press time, Irma had not yet made landfall in Florida. For information on the storm, see the Irma story in this issue. Some of these events may be effected by the storm. We advise that before attending any of these events, you contact them to check.

     9-11 REMEMBRANCE

    The FMB Fire Control District is planning a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at Station 33 at 121 Lenell Rd on Patriot Day, Monday, Sept 11 from 8:35am-9:10am. All are welcome.

     THROWBACK THURSDAYS

    Bay Oaks is hosting a new program for “Grown Children” on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning Sept. 14. Participants will play old school games. No cost for members; day pass needed for non-members. All Island residents are eligible for a free membership at Bay Oaks. Stop by and sign up now. 239-765-4222

     COASTAL CLEANUP

    Help clear our beaches of debris on SA Sept 16 from 8am-noon.Meet at Beach School at 8am. Marine life can become entangled in fishing line, nets, six-pack rings or they may mistake trash like Styrofoam or plastics for food. Keep Lee County Beautiful along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife, The FMB Community Foundation and the Town of FMB organizes clean ups each fall to clean up Lee County beaches during International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers are urgently needed and asked to sign up at klcb.org. Volunteers in our area will meet at FMB Elementary School, Wyndham Garden beach, Lovers Key Event Field and Dog Beach. If you’d like to be a clean up captain for a Lee County coastal cleanup, email Mike Thomas at Mike@klcb.org to stake your claim.

    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.

     “IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU”

    Lee Health in partnership with local community agencies is offering “It’s All About You” a research-based Chronic Disease Self-Management program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig of Stanford University. Designed for people 18 years of age and older with chronic health conditions, the program teaches better ways to manage chronic conditions and symptoms. The workshop is 2.5 hours once a week for 6 weeks and is FREE. This workshop will be offered weekly on Thursdays beginning Sept 21 at Right at Home, 27657 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. For more information or to register call 239-343-9264.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a hot, busy day. Browse the library’s many collections, find a new author or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Head to the 3rd floor to view the artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Knotty Bean Café on the 3rd floor is closed for September and will reopen Oct. 2. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162

    MOUND HOUSE

    The Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay. A variety of programs are offered at 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.

    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:

    TH Sept 14 – Fishing Clinic

    FR Sept 15 – Walk on the Wild Side

    TH Sept 21 — Beach Walk

    FR Sept 22 – Beginning Birding

    TAPA HOP

    It’s Tapa Hop Time! Tickets for this annual Chamber event to be held on Sept 26th will go on sale to the public on September 12 at the Chamber office Trolleys depart from South Beach Grille to visit 6 great FMB restaurants to sample appetizer or “tapas’ at each stop. Check in begins at 4:30pm. The evening includes raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run. Tickets $35 in advance. 239-454-7500.

    PAINT THE BEACH

    The Eighth annual Paint the Beach Art Festival to be held Nov. 6-12, 2017, is accepting artist registrations now through Sept 30. The Festival will be held Nov 6-12 and includes artists from across the country that will capture the beauty, light and texture of the local landscape. The three-day art competition will be followed by a two-day sale at Santini Marina Plaza. The Quick Draw competition will be held on SA Nov 11 and will include high school artists. $6, 000 in prizes will be awarded. Two divisions for Juried and Emerging artists. Max 60 artists. Quick draw has a 30 artist limit. Registration and event information is available now at www.PainttheBeach.com.

    YOGA AT SEVEN SEAS

    Head to the Seven Seas house at Newton Park on Tuesday at 5:30pm or Wednesday at 8:30am for a yoga class taught by Susan Carter, RYT, an instructor with over ten years of experience. This drop-in yoga class is for all levels of yoga experience. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if they have one. $10/class. 239-765-0865

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF BUNCHE BEACH

    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on MO Sept 18 at 5pm. 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. Free with paid parking ($2/hour)For more info call 239-707-3015

    KAYAK ECO-TOUR

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa in a tandem kayak as you paddle the Estero and Hell Peckney bays. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered at 8am on Sept 14, 23 and 30. Cost $45/person (museum admission included). Members $15. All equipment provided. Water shoes required. Must be over age 12 and able to swim, walk over rough terrain and get in and out of a kayak and paddle for up to 3 hours. Children 12 and older must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Reservations required-call 239-765-0865.

    ISLAND HOPPER FEST

    The 4th annual Island Hopper songwriter Fest returns to the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Sept 22- Oct 1. See singer-songwriters perform in intimate settings on Fort Myers Beach, Captiva and downtown Fort Myers. Most performances are free. The party starts on September 22-24 on Captiva, then moves to downtown Fort Myers Sept 25-28 before closing out on Fort Myers Beach September 29 – October 1. For a full schedule of Fort Myers Beach performances, pick up a copy of SAND LIFE where the Island Sand Paper is distributed. Or look online at FortMyersBeach.News under SAND LIFE. For full schedules and artist information visit IslandHopperFest.com.

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. 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. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites. Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org