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    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Diner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Nov 2 from 5-7 p.m. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Soda included. Beer and wine tickets available. No reservations needed. $20 per person.


    Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join its 14th annual Artists & Artisans Holiday Bazaar on FR Nov 1 and SA Nov 2 from 9am -2pm at The Village church on The Island at Shell Point. This annual event features one-of-a-kind items created by more than 60 Shell Point residents. You’ll find an array of unique hand-designed items and holiday décor and gifts. Free admission.


    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on Nov 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.


    It’s time to clear the fishing line from the mangrove areas of Lee County. SA Nov 2 from 8am-Noon, volunteers will help clean up the back bay, starting from the Mound House and Salty Sam’s Marina. A volunteer appreciation lunch will be served after clean up. Volunteers go out in boats, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and anything else that floats to remove fishing line and other harmful debris from the back bay. Removing the debris helps wildlife and improves the health of the bay. Sponsors of the effort include FMB Community Foundation, TPI Hospitality, Advanced Disposal, Waste Pro and Sam Galloway Ford.


    All Mah Jongg players are invited to participate in a drop in Mah Jongg program sponsored by the Ascension Women’s Group on Mondays from 9am -noon. Air conditioning & refreshments. Small donation for charities. For more information contact Barbara at 203-494-2765 or


    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Nov 4 from 4-7pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Free registration for car owners and free admission for spectators. 239-463-3257.


    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field on TU and TH at 9:30am. They will play on TU, Nov 5, then take TH Nov 7 off due to the Water Safety Symposium using the field. Beginning on TU Nov 12, play resumes every TU & TH at 9:30am. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Perry 239-281-0752.


    Fort Myers Beach Art Association presents “Quick Draw at Times Square” on WE Nov 6 at 9am. Artists are invited to paint Times Square. Register at 9am at Times Square. Judging at noon. Awards presented for “Most Representative of Times Square” and “Most Representative of Fort Myers Beach.” Stop by and watch the artists capture a classic FMB scene! For more information call 239-463-3909


    Learn about your liability, local drowning stats and how your organization, business and community can prevent drowning and other water injuries. Anyone living or doing business on or near the water or a pool should attend this FREE interactive water safety event to learn how to protect your guests, your business, your family and yourself. TH Nov 7 from 9am -1pm at Bay Oaks Pool. Lunch provided. RSVP requested by calling 239-454-7500. Hands On CPR training at 12:30pm requires RSVP.


    Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park on FR Nov 8 from 6-9pm for a night of music and fun on the beach featuring craft beer from local breweries and delicious food from popular food trucks. Several local breweries will be offering their unique brews including Momentum, Millennial, Naples Beach, Big Blue, Riptide, Fort Myers and Coastal Dayz. Food trucks from the Dog House and Cajun Gringos will be on site. Live music. $50 for regular admission includes a commemorative cup and free beer samples all night. $75 VIP tickets include an earlier arrival at 5pm, VIP restrooms, gazebo seating, gift bag and a beautiful sunset. For more information call 239-463-4588 or email


    Those who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s face special challenges. Every month on the second Friday of the month, Chapel by the Sea hosts a Caregivers Support Group from 1-2:30pm. Sponsored by the SWFL Gulf Coast Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, the group is conducted by trained facilitators. It is a safe place to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways to cope and learn about community resources. There is no fee or registration. Next meeting: FR Nov 8 at 1pm.


    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 their next meeting on FR Nov 8 at noon in Bonita Bill’s meeting room, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. The Guest Speaker will be Attorney Jessica F. Hernstadt. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.


    Celebrate Veterans Day early with a free guided history walk on FR Nov 8 from 8 – 10am at the Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, 11901 Rod & Gun Club Rd, Fort Myers. The preserve includes remnant structures form the Buckingham Army Airfield Flexible Gunnery School, a training base during World War II. Nearly 50,000 acres were once part of the Buckingham Airfield base. This one-mile walk will be guided by historians Jim Zbick and Ted Mikita from the SWFL Military Museum. Reservations required by calling 239-204-1125. Participants should bring water, hat and sunscreen and wear closed toe shoes.


    Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) will hold their next meeting on SA Nov 9 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


    The new season of Mound House Lectures kicks off on TH Nov 12 with Guest Speaker Steve Koski, Sarasota County archeologist for Libraries and Historical Resources. He will speak on “Evidence of Florida’s Earliest Inhabitance: Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring, Sarasota County.” Doors open at 5:30pm; lecture begins at 6pm at the Mound House. Registration is required with limited seating. $10 for non-members; $5 for Mound House members. Cash preferred. To register call 239-765-0865.


    Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers carrying candle-lit lanterns through the Preserve as night descends and the Full Beaver Moon rises on TU Nov 12. Limited to 12 adults. Program is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at Instructions will be emailed to you on registration. December Full Moon Walk will be on Dec 12.


    Shell Point Retirement Community invites the public to join them for this concert by a premier chamber group on TH Nov 12 at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. Three world-famous musicians perform user-friendly classical chamber pieces, artistically woven in with beloved popular tunes and Broadway gems. Tickets $30 online at or by phone 239-454-2067.


    The Estero Island Historic Society invites the public to attend their first public meeting of the year on MO, Nov 18 at 7pm at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr, FMB, for a presentation, “The Koreshan Unity: Facts, Myths and Fort Myers Beach connections” by Lyn Millner, professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.