Oh Florida, Garden Gala, Valentine Concert

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    SPRING FLING

    The first annual Spring Fling event will showcase works by Shell Point residents on FR Feb 8 and SA Feb 9 from 9am-2pm at Shell Point Retirement Village. Enjoy art, photography, jewelry, woodcarving, pottery, glasswork, fiber art, handcrafted items and more. This event is free and open to the public. To learn more visit www.shellpoint.org/concerts or call
    239-239-454-2067.

    SINATRA

    On SA Feb 9, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church hosts “Sinatra – His Life Story” in their newly remodeled Comfort Hall. This musical play is a Tony Sands Production with Mr. Sands portraying Frank Sinatra. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show: 7-8:30pm. Photo ops with Tony as Ol’ Blue Eyes after the show. Tickets are $35 and include two drink tickets for beer, wine or soda. Reservations required. Call Laurie to reserve your seat. 239-463-1079. 5601 Williams Dr., FMB. 

    OH, FLORIDA

    Join the Estero Island Historic Society for a free, public presentation on MO, Feb 11 at 7pm at the Beach Library by Craig Pittman, author of ‘Oh, Florida! To some people, it’s a paradise. To others, it’s a punchline.” Pittman will share some of the wilder stories from Florida’s culture and history, plus how the state has affected life around the country. Doors open at 6:30pm. 

    SHRIMP PRINCESSES

    Time is running out to sign up to participate in the Shrimp Queen Pageant! The Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival is seeking Princesses ages 16-21. The Pageant and Parade are on March 9. Call Fran for more information 239-243-4245 or email Buffy at buffyroper@aol.com. 

    CANDIDATE FORUMS

    Meet the candidates for the Town Council election at two Candidate Forums. Get to know the candidates and decide who you will vote for. On MO Feb 11 at 6pm at Beach Baptist Church, the Estero Island Taxpayers Association will host a forum with Ed & Kim Ryan moderating. Refreshments at 6pm by Mango Street Inn. Forum begins at 6:30pm. On WE Feb 13 at 6pm at the Propeller Room at Fish Tale Marina, the FMB Chamber of Commerce will host their “Commotion by the Ocean” candidate forum. The public is asked to submit their questions for the candidates to intern@fmbchamber.com by MO Feb 11. Questions will be picked at random during the forum. Light refreshments provided by the Chamber. Cash bar by Fish-Tale Waterfront Dining.

    FRIENDS OF MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve invite the public to attend their Annual Meeting on TU Feb 12 at 5pm at Tuckaway Café, 2301 Estero Blvd, FMB. A presentation on the Friends’ efforts to preserve the Monarch butterfly will be part of the evening. Following a short business meeting, a reception will be held. All are invited to attend.

    GARDEN GALA

    The Estero Island Garden Club invites the Island community to their 2nd annual Valentine’s Eve Gala on WE Feb 13 from 7-9pm at Historic St. Raphael’s Church at 5601 William’s Dr, FMB. The Gala includes wine, beer, appetizers & desserts, plus a Botanical Raffle, Silent Auction, music and fun! Tickets are $25/person. Call Cindy for tickets 614-581-6773.

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation continues its annual tradition of awarding both academic scholarships and charitable giving to both island students and organizations in need. The 2019 scholarship application and charitable funding process has already begun. Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2019. Anyone living on the beach or whose family works on Fort Myers Beach may apply. College, trade schools or certificate programs all qualify. In addition, any organization seeking funding or a donation is welcome to submit their request in writing on letterhead to the foundation. Find details at www.fortmyersbeachcf.com.

    CON BRIO STRING QUARTET

    Enjoy this very special concert on WE Feb 13 at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point. This young international string quartet is composed of musicians from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey & Mexico and has been thrilling audiences in the U.S. and beyond. Tickets $30. 239-454-2067.

    VALENTINE CONCERT

    The Chapel by the Sea Concert Series presents “A Celebration of Love – Music to Touch the Heart” on TH, Feb 14 at 7pm at Chapel by the Sea, 100 Chapel, St, FMB. The concert will feature Dr. Douglas Renfroe, Bass Baritone, and Carolann M. Sanita, Soprano. Enjoy a Meet & Greet with the performers and refreshments following the concert. No ticket needed; free will offering accepted.

    DINNER DANCE

    The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will host their annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 in the Ascension Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm. Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Sanchez Entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Knights’ local charities. Tickets $25/person and are available at the gazebo after weekend masses, at the door or by calling George 630-546-4801 or Pietro 239-284-6516.

    VALENTINE DANCE

    Beach United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for their Valentine Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 at 6pm. A donation of $12/person will be taken. For more information call 239-463-9656.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    Chapel by the Sea will host the Lee Health Bloodmobile from 9am-noon on SU Feb 17 at 100 Chapel St., FMB. Donors must be at least 17 years old and be in good general health – no colds, flu, sore throat, etc, and present a photo ID.

    LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE

    The FMB Woman’s Club will host a five-week class on how to play bridge beginning on TU Feb 19 from 2-5pm and continuing the next four Tuesdays. Cost: $15 for 5-week class and includes a copy of Audrey Grant’s Bridge Basics 1.  Space is limited, and interested parties should contact Claire Langer at 239-292-1900.

    CHRONIC PAIN WORKSHOP

    Learn to manage chronic pain and get on with living a satisfying, fulfilling life in this free 6-week Chronic Pain Workshop beginning FR Feb 22 from 9-11:30am at Chapel by the Sea. Must RSVP to 239-463-3173.

    TEA BY THE SEA

    Amidst the picturesque sailboats, boat docks and pelicans, the Ostego Bay Foundation’s Annual Tea by the Sea and Fashion Show will be held SA Feb 23 from 11am – 1pm at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, 700 Fisherman’s Wharf. Tickets $25/person. Advance reservations required. Call 239-765-8101.

    SPECIAL OLYMPICS

    Sign up now for a Walkathon to benefit Special Olympics Lee County on SA Feb 23 at 9am at Ascension Church, 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ascension Chapter, the walkathon is open to all ages. Walk as many laps as you’d like. Registration fee is $25/walker in advance or $30 at the event. Registration includes a t-shirt. Register by calling Dennis at 239-440-5511 or emailing dmrbowl@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics – Lee County.

    HIGH ROLLIN’

    The Beach School PTO will host the 2nd annual High Rollin’ on the Beach gaming fundraiser on SA Feb 23 from 6-10pm at the FMB Woman’s Club. This year’s theme is “Lucky Hearts.” Tickets are $50/person or a VIP table for 8 is $600. Tickets include food courtesy of The Dog House, musical entertainment, cash bar and $10,000 in Fun Money. Buy tickets online at Highrollinonthebeach.eventsmart.com. Email any questions to HighRollin@fmbpto.org 

    DIY PAINT WORKSHOP

    Furniture painting artist Tracey Bellion will lead two workshops showcasing her coastal whimsical style. Learn high-end furniture finishes in a fun, hands-on setting. Hosted by Salty Dog Gallery & Gifts and held at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, Workshop 1 on TU Feb 26 from 6-9pm will have attendees painting a small furniture item they bring alongside Bellion. During Workshop 2 on WE Feb 27, 1-4pm, Bellion will do a live demonstration of advanced painting techniques. Cost is $65 each or $99 for both workshops. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com. Search for “coastal whimsy” in Fort Myers Beach or use this link: bit.ly/BellionPaint The furniture pieces Bellion creates at the workshops will be auctioned on Salty Dog’s Facebook page to benefit the Stella’s Fund Havanese Rescue and the FMB Woman’s Club. 

    PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

    Mark your calendar for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on SA, March 16. Parade begins at 10am at Santini Plaza and ends at Ascension Church. Participants must register with Parade Chairman Ray Murphy by calling 591-8803 or emailing raymurphy870@gmail.com