Around & About the Island offers announcements for non-profit and community events on and around Fort Myers Beach. Make sure you pick up a copy of the monthly SAND LIFE Entertainment magazine for a calendar listing of all the fun things to do on the Island! The latest edition of the Island Sand Paper is available online too!
SMOKIN’ IN THE MANGROVES
Don’t miss one of the island’s tastiest events, Smokin’ in the Mangroves BBQ Competition, on SA Mar 18 at Santini Marina Plaza. Both pros and amateurs will compete in ribs, chicken and pork divisions. Attendees will chose a People’s Choice winner. BBQ plates and sandwiches will be available for purchase. Music by Bugtussle Ramblers. Event will include an Artisan vendor market with 30+ local artists, the Santini Fresh Produce market and cocktails by Skye’s. The event is from 9am-3pm with BBQ awards presented at 1pm. Donations of pet food and supplies will be welcomed at the FindAHome/GiveAHome tent. 239-443-8810.
All are invited to the monthly Italian Dinner at Chapel by the Sea Silver Hall. This month the dinner has been moved to Mar 18th from 5-7pm to avoid conflicts with Shrimp Fest. Come for Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers and onions, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks. All are welcome. Just $10/adults; $5/kids 10 and under; $5/Public Safety Personnel in uniform or w/ID.
BLOOMIN’ GOOD GARAGE SALE
Help support the Estero Island Garden Club and the good work they do beautifying and supporting our community by attending their annual fundraiser garage sale. This year it will be a triple-play sale on SA Mar 18 from 8am-1:30pm in the cul-de-sac at the end of Clearview Blvd in Fairview Isles. Look for treasures of designer clothes, pillows, high-end household goods, holiday décor, jewelry, books, CD’s, purses and more! Garden Club projects include The Beach School Box and Butterfly Gardens, Beach Library Christmas decorations, summer camp scholarships, Bay Oaks garden, FMB welcome sign flowers and Time Square flowers/pots. Support the Garden Club and help them make Fort Myers Beach Bloom!
PATRICK’S DINNER DANCE
The Knights of Columbus will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance on SA Mar 18 in the Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. Live music for listening and dancing by Side-by-Side. Doors open at 5:30pm. Public Welcome. Tickets $25 & available at the door or by calling Peter at 239-284-6516
Motorcycle riders are invited to participate in Bike Night at Bootlegger’s Barbecue on the third Saturday each month from 5-9pm. Motorcycles games, live music, prizes and more. Next Bike Night: Mar. 18!
PARADISE COASTMEN CONCERT
Enjoy a fun-filled musical evening with Southwest Florida’s premier Barbershop chorus on TU Mar 21 at 7:30pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3751 Estero Blvd, FMB. This popular group has been entertaining SWFL audiences for over 40 years. Free admission. Donations accepted. Doors open at 7pm. 239-463-4251
Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Mar 20 from 5-9pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Have a great car? Get arrive early for parking and registration. Free to show; free to look. For more information visit MyParrotKey.com or call 239-463-3257.
BIG BAND CONCERT
Enjoy an evening of traditional big band music with the 19-piece Memory Makers Big Band at Chapel by the Sea’s Silver Hall on Mar 24 at 7pm. Memory Makers concentrate on dance music from the 1920-s through today. Free will offering.
WOUNDED WARRIOR RIDE
Residents of The Groves RV Resort invite everyone to join them on their last monthly bike ride poker run to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior program. On March 24th, they will ride about 10 miles with a few stops. Cost is $10/ride with half going to Wounded Warriors. To participate, bring your bike to The Groves lot 228 at 12:30pm to sign in. Ride begins at 1pm. T-shirts will be available. For more information call Phil 616-481-1551 or Dick 603-355-9296.
Lee Parks & Rec is offering a new, free Gentle Yoga program at 9am on Saturdays through April 8 at Bunche Beach Preserve, 18201 John Morris Rd, Fort Myers. Brian Healy, Instructor. This beginner friendly class will help you breath, stretch and relax your worries away while overlooking San Carlos Bay. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Free with paid parking ($2/hr).
“The next meeting of the Fort Myers Beach Yacht Club will be WE, March 22nd, at 6pm, at American Legion Post 274, 899 Buttonwood on San Carlos Island. This is a special meeting, with a live band playing 50’s/60’s music; members & guests are encouraged to wear their “period” best! Interested in joining the club? For more information, email Pete Oiderma [membership chair] at email@example.com or visit www.ourgrouponline.com/fmbYachtClub
PAUL TODD CONCERT
Plan now to join the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts for their next concert on March 30 from 7-9pm, featuring Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. This father-son led-band is one of the most popular concerts in SWFL. Tickets are $25. To buy tickets, please visit friendsoftheartsfmb.com call (239) 463- 3600 or connect with Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts on Facebook. All shows will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Fish-Tale Marina Propeller Lounge at 7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. The final concert of the series will feature the Atlantic City Boys on April 20.
SHELL POINT PRESENTS
Shell Point Retirement Community presents numerous events that are open to the general public. Shell Point is located off Summerlin Rd on the way to Sanibel. Tickets $10/session. To reserve your place call 239-489-8472. Upcoming events include:
-Jive Aces Concert Mar 20, 7:30pm
-Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 3: Mar 21, 10am
-Spanish-Cuban-American War Session 4: Mar 23, 10am
-Dream Peace: Images of Holocaust Horrors & Heroes Mar 24, 10am
Play Social Bridge at Chapel by the Sea every MO and TH from 12:30-3:30 pm. Come with or without a partner and enjoy bridge in a friendly atmosphere. The fee is $4 and includes coffee and snacks. For more information, call 463-3173.
Beach Elementary will host their annual Kindergarten Round-Up on TU Apr 4 from 10:15-11:30am for all incoming 2017-2018 Kindergarten students. They will meet Principal Dobbins, tour the school and join current KG students for some buddy time, reading and lunch. (school’s treat!). If parents would like to bring in enrollment paperwork, requirements are: Child must be 5 by Sept 1; Proof of residence (live on Estero or San Carlos Island), health exam after 8/10/16, shot records, original birth certificate, social security card (if available) and custody papers if child does not live with both natural parents. If your child qualifies for KG and you live on Estero or San Carlos Island, please call Ms. Renee at the school 239-463-6356.
BE KIND TO YOUR POSTMAN
Those who receive mail via a mailbox at the curb are asked to please not block their mailbox with trash or recyclables cans, yard debris or parked cars. Place trash cans at least 10 feet away from any mailbox. With season, delivery schedules are altered, so don’t assume the mail has been delivered and block the mailbox. Leave at least 10 feet on either side of the mailbox or you may not get your mail that day.
Sign up now for the Town’s Leadership Conference sponsored by the Cultural Resources Advisory Committee to be held on Apr 7 & 8. The 2-day conference is open to anyone, full time or seasonal residents. Learn about our Town’s unique resources. Learn more about the Town, Fire Dept., Lee County, the Sheriff’s Office and more! Enjoy field trips on day 2. For more information call Keri 239-994-8897.
Want to play Bocce Ball? Want to learn how? Head to Bay Oaks baseball field any TU morning at 9am for some free Bocce fun on the best bocce grass on the island.