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    Due to Hurricane Irma’s effects, events listed here may be postponed or cancelled. Please contact the number or email provided to check beforehand. The September SAND LIFE magazine is now available with calendar listings of all the live music in town and fun things to do on Fort Myers Beach.


    A number of government meetings have been cancelled or postponed as a result of Hurricane Irma, including a Fire Budget Hearing Thursday 9/14 and all Town Advisory meetings for September.


    Lee County residents with losses due to Hurricane Irma may apply for individual disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by registering at If unable to register online or through the FEMA app, call 800-621-3362. Applicants will need their Social Security number, a daytime telephone number, current mailing address and address of damaged property and private insurance information, if any.


    Catholic Charities has announced a number of hurricane relief centers in SWFL. They are all in need of water, non-perishable food, home cleaning supplies and volunteers. Show up or contact the center closest to you to help. The closest one to FMB is in Bonita Springs at St. Leo the Great Parish, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. 239-390-2928, Contact person: Chuck Anderson, Cell 239-738-8678. Other locations are in Arcadia, Clewiston, Fort Myers (Jesus the Worker Parish, 881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers. 239-693-5333 Or Catholic Charities office, 4235 Michigan Ave Link, Fort Myers 239-337-4193,) Immokalee, Moore Haven, Naples and Wauchula.


    Local efforts for the International Coastal Cleanup Day have been postponed due to clean up efforts following Hurricane Irma. Keep Lee County Beautiful will announce new dates when selected.


    The Town of Fort Myers Beach will host a special Town Hall meeting on WE, Sept. 27 at 6pm in Town Hall to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss their suggestions and concerns about the current Short Term Rentals regulations and any needed amendments. The meeting will not be televised or web-streamed. All are welcome. For questions, call Town Hall 239-765-0202.


    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.


    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.


    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


    Bay Oaks is hosting a new program for “Grown Children” on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning later in September. 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


    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


    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


    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. 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


    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 click the SAND LIFE tab from the menu above. For full schedules and artist information visit


    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: 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.


    The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation invites the SWFL community to participate in the 8th annual Scarecrows in the Park contest during the Fall Festival Oct 13-29 at Lakes Park. Local businesses, organizations, youth groups, non-profits and community members compete by building and displaying custom-made Fall/Halloween displays. The cost to participate is $150 non-profits, $250 business or $300 to sponsor a youth group. See for more information or call 239-533-7275.


    A discussion of Leif Enger’s “Peace Like a River” will be held at the Beach Library on TU, Sept 19 at 10:30am in the 3rd floor Community Room. Newcomers are welcome.