Roar, Waterfront Tours & More!

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    ROAR OFFSHORE TRANSPORTATION

    Local officials urge visitors and residents to use public transportation this weekend during the Roar Offshore event. On the island, the free open-air trams will be operating from 11am -9pm on FR Oct 11, and 12 -9pm on SU Oct 12 between Bowditch Park and the Beach Library. LeeTran beach trolleys will run their normal routes. Route 490 will run from the Beach Park & Ride facility at Pine Ridge and Summerlin Square Dr. to the island and from Bowditch Point Park to Lovers Key State Park. Beach Trolleys cost just 75 cents a ride or $2 for an all-day pass.

    Remote Roar parking will be available for a $5 fee at CenturyLink Stadium, Peace Lutheran Church and Gulf Point Square, as well as Lovers Key State Park (free). Shuttle buses will be available to transport race fans to Race Village at Salty Sam’s and Fort Myers Beach. Details at roaroffshore.com.

    SPAGHETTI DINNER

    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church hosts its monthly Spaghetti Dinners on the 2nd SA of the month on SA Oct 12 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $15 adult/kids 10 and under free. Wine tickets are 2 for $5.

    GARDEN CLUB

    The Estero Island Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season on MO Oct 14 at 9am at the FMB Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling St, FMB. Guest Speaker will be Judy Francino, President of the Lee County Garden Council and an EIGC member. She will discuss and demonstrate vertical gardening. Visitors welcome to join the EIGC for this meeting as they begin their 60th year together as an active club on the Island. For more information call 978-460-1814.

    GRIEF SUPPORT

    Beach United Methodist Church will begin a community Grief Support Group at the church beginning MO Oct 14 from 1-3pm. All are welcome! Call 239-463-9656, or email fmbumc@comcast.net or visit beachunitedmethodist.org for more information.

    WATERFRONT TOURS

    Learn more about the shrimping industry from the Ostego Bay Working Waterfront Tour, offered every WE from 9am-noon, weather permitting. Learn about “Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimping fleet in Florida. Tour includes 90 minutes guided visit to the Marine Science Center and a visit to the commercial fishing industry, including Erickson & Jensen Supply House, net shop and Trico Shrimp boat loading dock. $20/adult; $10/child over 6. Reservations required 239-765-8101.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE

    Lee County Solid Waste will hold a collection event on Fort Myers Beach on WE Oct 16 from 9am to noon at the Bay Oaks parking lot, 2731 Oak St. FMB. They will accept household chemicals including leftover paints, cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and electronics from residential customers at no charge, but please call

    239-533-8000 to schedule so they know how much to expect. Drop ins are ok too.

    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. Their next dinner meeting will be TH Oct 17 at 5:30pm. For information, contact the FMB Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 239-454-8090.

    BUNCHE BEACH BIRDS

    On SA Oct 19 beginning at 8am, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    The Lee Health Bloodmobile will be at Chapel by the Sea on SU Oct 20 from 8:30am – 12:30pm. To donate you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 115 lbs.  and be in good general health. Drop in to donate a unit of blood that can save the lives of several people or make a specific appointment for Oct 20 by calling 239-463-3173.

    DORIAN RELIEF CONCERT

    Music for Hope, a Hurricane Dorian Relief Concert featuring Paul Todd and Paul Todd, Jr. will be held on TH Oct 24 at 7[m at Beach United Methodist Church, 155 Bay Rd, FMB, A love offering will be taken with 100% of all funds raised going to benefit the many victims of Hurricane Dorian.

    FRIGHT NIGHT

    It’s not too early to make plans for Fright Night, the annual Halloween event at Bay Oaks Recreation Center on FR Oct 25 from 6-9pm. Right now, volunteers and candy are needed. Sign up to help setting up, decorate or play a spooky role in the haunted House! If you can donate candy, please drop it off at Bay Oaks Recreation Center, 2731 Oak Street, FMB. Volunteers are asked to call Bay Oaks 239-765-4222, email SarahL@fmbgov.com or stop at Bay Oaks.

    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.
    Call 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

    DESSERT AUCTION

    The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club will hold their first Live Dessert Auction on TH Nov 21 at 6:30pm at 134 Connecticut St. The Lions are looking for donations of any kind of dessert or pie. Call Lion Lara to sign up 513-255-2710. Prize awarded for best design. Plan to donate the plate the dessert is presented on. No plates returned.

    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 Library Café, 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:

    TU Oct 15, 10:30am – Book Discussion “Educated” by Tara Westover.

    WE Oct 16, 1:30pm – Haunted FMB

    MO Oct 21, 2:30pm – Afternoon Matinee, “The 15:17 to Paris”

    WE Oct 23, 10:30am – Memory Improvement (must pre-register)

    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 12: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm –Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour; 6pm-Full Moon Kayak Tour

    TU Oct 15: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE Oct 16: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Museum Tour

    TH Oct 17: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Oct 19: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 2pm – Shell Mound 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 18 – Walk on the Wild Side

    TU Oct 22 – Fishing Clinic

    TH Oct 24 – Birding Beach Walk

    FR Oct 25 – Sensational Sharks

    PROTECT OUR MANATEES

    Boaters are asked to be aware that they share our local waters with manatees. Slow down, honor slow speed zones and watch for signs of manatees in the water near your boat. Give them plenty of room. To report a sick, injured, dead or tagged manatee, contact FWC at 1-888-404-3922 or on your cell: *FWC or #FWC

    WATCH YOUR STEP

    The Town is replacing the beachside Estero Blvd. paver sidewalk from 1400 Estero to Times Square. The pavers are being replaced with concrete sidewalks. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. Motorists can expect minor delays.