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    FRIGHT NIGHT

    It’s time for Fright Night! Bay Oaks Recreational Center will host Fright Night FR Oct 25 from 6-9pm. Grab your mask and head to Bay Oaks for games, costume contests, fun, treats and the Haunted House! Admission is just $4/person or $10 for a family of four, plus $4 for any over that. Get there early for the “gentler” Haunted House walk from 6:15 – 6:45, designed for smaller children. After that, the full-on scary version will be on display. For more info, call Bay Oaks 239-765-4222. Due to Fright Night, all Bay Oaks activities, except Club Rec, are cancelled from TH Oct 24 to SU Oct 27.  The Community Pool is closed on FR Oct 25.

     SURFERS FOR AUTISM

    On SA Oct 26 from 9am – 4pm, Surfers for Autism with Lee County Parks & Recreation and the Calusa Blueway will host the 9th Annual Gulf Coast Surf & Beach Festival at Crescent Beach Family Park on FMB. Surfers for Autism is an organization with a mission to unlock the potential for children and young adults with autism and other development delays through surfing. The event, including lunch, is free to surfers, their families and registered volunteers. Surfers, their families and volunteers are also invited to participate in Sunday Funday on Sun Oct 27 with tours of Ostego Bay Marine Science Center and the US Coast Guard Station. Register for Sunday Funday at the Saturday event.  Volunteers are needed. You do not need to be a surfer to help. Register at www.surfersforautism.org

    OSTEGO BAY

    The Ostego Bay Foundation will celebrate 28 years of service to the community with an Open House Anniversary Party on SA Oct 26 from 10am-4pm at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. Ostego Bay Foundation is known for its youth summer camps, Florida Naturalist Programs and guided Waterfront tours. Stop by the Open House and learn more about how you can become a partner in local environmental education.
    239-765-8101.

    OPEN HOUSE

    The public is invited to the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Community Open House at Lee County’s Waste-to-Energy Plant, 10500 Buckingham Rd, Fort Myers, on SA Oct 26 from 9am to noon. Formal presentations begin at 10am. Since 1994, Lee County has created clean, renewable energy from waste.  Information, tours and displays about the waste-t0-energy process and recycling will be available. For more information visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste

    GHOST STORIES

    It’s the haunting season and if you’re looking for a bit of eerie in your life, stop by the Beach Library third floor community rooms for two programs sure to give you goosebumps: On WE Oct 30 at 1:30pm, join Mike Yost for “Haunted Places on Fort Myers Beach” and on TH Oct 31 at 10:30am come listen to Halloween Ghost Stories.

    HOLIDAY BAZAAR

    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.

    MONOFILAMENT MADNESS

    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. To register go to klcb.org.

    QUICK DRAW

    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 of paintings at noon. Awards presented for Most Representative of Times Square” and Most Representative of Fort Myer s Beach. Stop by and watch the artists capture a classic FMB scene! For more information call 239-463-3909

    PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR

    There’s fun to be had at the weekly preschool story hour at the Beach Library every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11:30am. An interesting story and related craft activity will delight your young ones, so stop by and enjoy!

    REUSABLE BAGS

    The Marine Resources Task Force is seeking sponsors for the next phase of their reusable bag program – to distribute 2,500 more cloth shopping bags to displace the use of one-time plastic bags. Bags will be 12oz raw cotton, with one side having a ‘Plastic Free Vacation” message and the other sponsors. There is room for only 16 sponsor spaces, with each costing $695. Each sponsor will have their logo on all bags and will get 75 bags to distribute. The rest of the bags will be distributed through community organizations and at local events. Sponsors can be individuals, businesses, anonymous, in memory or in honor of a person or a local organization. Help make FMB a Plastic Free Paradise! Contact Town staff at 239-765-0202 or email MRTFfmb@gmail.com. Sponsor spaces will be allocated on a first paid, first choice basis. Production will begin as soon as all sponsor spots are sold.

    NIGHT ROADWORK

    Overnight road work (7pm – 6am) with intermittent lane closures is scheduled on Estero Blvd on the evenings of SU Oct 27 and MO Oct 28 from the base of the Matanzas Bridge to Avenue C. The work will involve milling & resurfacing the road, plus adjusting manholes. On TU Oct 29 the work will move south and continue intermittently for 10-12 nights. Watch for signage.

     WATER SAFETY SYMPOSIUM

    Learn about your liability, local drowning stats and how your organization, business and community can prevent drowning and other water injuries. Anyone 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 9am -1pm at Bay Oaks Pool. Lunch provided. RSVP requested by calling 239-454-7500. Hands On CPR training at 12:30pm requires RSVP.

    CO-ED SENIOR SOFTBALL 

    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group for ages 50+ that gathers at the Bay Oaks field every TU and TH at 10am starting Nov 5. No glove needed. Men & women welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Perry at
    230-281-0752.

    DEEP SEA FISHING

    Everyone is invited to go deep-sea fishing with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday each month on Captain Tony’s Fishing Express (9am-4:30pm) Call the St. Peter’s office for more information 239-463-4251. 3751 Estero Blvd, FMB.

    BEACH LIBRARY

    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers over 86,000 titles. Browse the collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or view 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:

    MO Oct 28, 10:30am – The Endless Journey (pre-register)

    TU Oct 29, 10:30am – Happiness is a Choice

    WE Oct 30, 1:30pm – Haunted Places of FMB

    TH Oct 31, 10:30am – Ghost Stories

    TU Nov 2, 1-4pm – Jane Austen Society of SWFL Meeting

    MOUND HOUSE

    Mound House offers a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside with 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 costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Moundhouse.org Upcoming programs include:

    SA Oct 26: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm –Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TU Oct 29: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Oct 30: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Tour

    TH Oct 31: 6pm – Tidal Swamps & Superstitions Kayak Tour(Museum closed)

    FR Nov 1: 5:15pm Sunset Kayak Tour

    SA Nov 2: 8am-1pm Monofilament Madness; 11am & 2pm – Shell Mound Tour; 1pm Guided 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 Oct 25 – Sensational Sharks

    WE Nov 6 – Alligator Talk

    FR Nov 8 – Walk on the Wild Side

    TU Nov 12 – Fishing Clinic