Musical Garage Sale, July 4th Fun and More!

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    MUSICAL GARAGE SALE

    The Lewis P. Tabarrini Children’s Music Outreach Foundation will hold their 1st annual Garage Sale on SA, June 22 from 9am to 1pm at Gator Lanes located at 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33907. There will be lots of treasures for sale, plus live music, the kids will be there to show off some of their guitar playing skills, and the Tabarrini Foundation Road Crew will be there to answer all your questions about how you can get involved! The Tabarrini Foundation gives free musical instruments and guitar lessons to deserving kids in Southwest Florida that want to play music, but do not have the means to do so on their own. For more information about the garage sale or the Foundation, please email childrensmusicoutreach@gmail.com

    JULY 4th FUN

    There is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Fort Myers Beach! Starting with an old-fashioned family fun parade at 10am. Do you want to be part of the parade? Register now at Bay Oaks Recreation Center or here: bit.ly/FMBparade Registration is $40 for businesses; $20 for non-profits and FREE for families. Parade registration due by June 21. Fireworks will begin at 9pm. For more information call 239-765-4222 or email Sarah@fmbgov.com

    CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER

    Support the Captains for Clean Water in June by participating in Drag Queen Bingo on Tuesday nights at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, beginning at 7:30pm. Reservations are recommended by calling 239-314-5667. Captains for Clean Water is a grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for clean water and healthy estuaries across South Florida through science-based solutions.

    STUDENT BUS DISCOUNTS

    Lee County students are eligible to ride LeeTran for half price with a  LeeTran student ID. Bring your school ID to Rosa Parks  Center, 2250 Widman Way, Fort Myers and for just $1, receive your LeeTran Student ID card. This card allows you to ride all fixed route buses for just 75 cents and the Beach Trolley for just 35 cents. Visit www.RideLeeTran.com for schedules, maps and more info or call 239-LeeTran.

    EDISON FORD EVENTS

    The Edison Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, offers a variety of summer programs. Through Labor Day, one child (12 & under) is admitted free with each paid adult self-guided tour admission. Children under 5 are always free. Some upcoming programs include: June 19 11:30am – 12pm Ask the Curator: Where was Edison’s Lab located? On June 26 at 11:30am, participate in Ask the Curator: Do you copy? Fathers get in free on Father’s Day, June 16. Open daily 9am – 5:30pm. Admission includes self-guided audio tour. Adults age 20 and over, $25; Teens ages 13 -19, $20; Child age 6-12 ,$15. For more information visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

    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 either lunch or dinner meetings each month. Their next dinner meeting is on TH June 20 at 5:30pm and their next lunch meeting on FR July 5 at noon. Future lunch meetings are planned for Aug 9 and Sept. 6; dinner meetings on July 18, Aug 22 and Sept 19. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.

    MOUND HOUSE KAYAK TOURS

    Enjoy the beauty of the back bay with a Kayak Tour at the Mound House. All paddling equipment is provided and museum admission is included in these tours. Weather permitting. Reservations are required for all tours by calling 239-765-0865. Take advantage of their Summer Specials: 20% off kayak tours with the code SUMMER20 online and 50% off admission when you give the code MOUNDHOUSE2019.

    Mangroves by Kayak Tour is offered at 8am on SA June 15 & 22; TH June 20 & 27. This tour explores the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay. Guided by Dexter Norris, Mound House Environmental Educator. For ages 12 & up $45 fee. (Members $15)

    Sunset Kayak Tour is offered FR June 21 at around 6:30pm. Scheduled to catch a beautiful sunset, exact time available on registration. Explore the tidal creeks and mangrove tunnels in the backwaters of Estero Bay. Experience the estuary’s abundant life in the quiet of twilight. $45 fee.(Members $15)

    Family Fun Kayak Tour is offered WE June 19 and June 26 and SA June 29  at 8am. This tour, designed for parents and their children ages 6 & up, offers instruction on land before heading out at an easy relaxed pace. Paddlers look for wildlife, including birds, manatees and dolphins as they paddle through the mangroves of Estero Bay. $25 ages 13 and up; $15 ages 6-12. (Members $10)

    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:

    TU June 18: 10:30am-Book Discussion, “The Allure of Immortality” by Lyn Milner

    TH June 20: 10:30am-The Moth-True Stories told Live. Preregister.

    FR June 21: 10:30am-Family Movie, “The Lego Batman Movie”

    WE June 26: 10:30am-Pediatric Dentistry. Preregister by June 25.

    TH June 27: 10:30am-Rhine River Cruise Discussion. Preregister.

    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. Upcoming programs include:

    SA June 15: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour;1pm – Guided Museum Tour;

    TU June 18: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am- Calusa Indian Masks; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE June 19: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    TH June 20: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    FR June 21: 6:45pm-Sunset Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA June 22: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 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:

    FR June 14 – Walk on the Wild Side

    TU June 18 – Fishing Clinic

    WE June 19 – Sea Turtle Talk

    FR June 21 – Gopher Tortoise Program

    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.

    RECYCLE SMART

    Lee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are CLEAN: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic containers with a #1 — #7 on them (no straws, hangers or pool noodles), glass bottles/jars, cardboard and paper (no soiled or shredded paper). Learn more at bit.ly/FMBrecycle

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    Turtle nesting season is May – October. 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. Your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles. For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.