Shrimp Festival, Clydesdales and St. Paddy’s Day

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    SHRIMP FESTIVAL           

    This weekend, Mar 9 & 10. Shrimp 5K run at 9am SA; Parade at 10am SA; Queen Pageant at 1pm SA; Art Fair and Expo all day SA & SU; Shrimp Eating Championship 1pm SU. See full schedule in this week’s paper. Don’t miss a thing!

    CLYDESDALES

    Watch for the Budweiser Clydesdales in the Shrimp Parade SA Mar 9 beginning at 10am. The full 8-horse hitch and wagon will also be at the Bell Tower Shops on Daniels Parkway & US 41 on SU Mar 10 from 11pm-3pm.

    ART SHOW

    The many artists in Indian Creek will present their annual art show on SA March 9, from 9am – 1pm in Iroquois Hall in the Indian Creek Resort at 17340 San Carlos, Fort Myers Beach. All are welcome.

    FLORIDA SPRINGS

    Join the Estero Island Historic Society for free, public presentation on “The History and Significance of Florida’s Springs” by Dr. Tom Berson on MO Mar 11 at 7pm on the 3rd floor of the Beach Library. Florida’s springs are not only unique in their size and number; they are emblematic of a forgotten Florida, a mysterious frontier that one stirred the national imagination. Donations accepted.

    ATLANTIC CITY BOYS

    Join the FMB Friends of the Arts for their final concert of the season featuring the Atlantic City Boys on TH Mar 14 from 7-9pm in the Propeller Lounge at Fish-Tale Marina. Hear music from Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, plus lots of 60’s music memories. Tickets just $25. For tickets go to FMBArts.org

    DANCING

    Join the Women’s Guild of Ascension Church on TH Mar 14 for an evening of dancing from 7-9pm. Light refreshments served, with music by Side-by-Side. Tickets $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB

    KIWANIS CLUB

    The FMB Kiwanis Club meets three times each month at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe. The remaining March meetings will be FR Mar 15 at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch Meeting with local guest speaker; and TH Mar 21 at 5:30pm for a dinner meeting and social. Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. For more information or to volunteer please visit the Kiwanis Thrift Shop at 11050 Summerlin Square Dr. or call 239-454-8090.

    WOUNDED WARRIOR RIDE

    The bike riders of The Groves RV Resort invite everyone to join them on the last bike ride poker run of the season to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project on FR Mar 15. They will ride about 10 miles with a few stops. Cost is $10/ride with half going to Wounded Warriors. Riders must purchase a WWP t-shirt for $15, $7 goes to WWP. To participate, bring your bike to The Groves, Lot 239 at 12:30pm to register and be ready to ride at 1pm. For more information call Phil 616-481-1551 or Dick 603-355-7980.

    ST. 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

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY

    Join the FMB Woman’s Club for a St. Patrick’s Day event on SA Mar 16 immediately following the parade until 3pm. Free admission. Corned Beef & Cabbage and beverages available to purchase. Enjoy some Irish Music and capture the moment in their Photo Booth! All proceeds to towards the Woman’s Club.

    SPAGHETTI DINNER

    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church hosts its monthly Spaghetti Dinners SA Mar 16 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti & meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $10 adult/kids 10 and under free. 2500 Estero Blvd, FMB.

    BOOK SALE

    The Friends of the Beach Library will host a Giant Book Sale in the Beach Library garage on Mar 16 & 17 from 9am-2pm. Huge selection, tiny prices. Books, DVD’s, CD’s, puzzles and more! Drop by to add to your beach reading list.

    GARDEN CLUB

    The Estero Island Garden Club will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 18 at 9am at the FMB Woman’s Club, 175 Sterling, FMB. The Guest Speaker will be popular horticulturist, David Southall. Those interested in gardening are invited to attend to learn more about the club.

    MOON WALK

    The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve will conduct its monthly “By the Light of the Moon” program on WE Mar 20 beginning at 7:08pm. Awaken and sharpen your sense of smell, touch, hearing and night vision as you join two volunteers with candlelit lanterns as they guide you through the Preserve by the light of the moon. Adults only. Reservations required at walkwiththemoon.com

    MAHJONG TOURNEY

    A MahJong tournament will be held at Ascension Church Parish Hall on WE Mar 27 from 9am-3pm. All are invited to participate. More than 30 morning and afternoon prizes with a top prize of $100. Continental breakfast, lunch and catered desserts. Entry $45. Proceeds benefit the Ascension Woman’s Group charities. Registration deadline Mar 20. Weekly Drop In Mah Jong is also offered every MO from 9am-noon through April in the Church Hall. Contact Barbara at 239-463-4543.

    CRUISERS DAY    

    Mark your calendar now for the 12th Annual Cruisers Appreciation Day on SA, Apr 6 from 12-3pm in the Matanzas on the Bay courtyard. Free admission for all with BBQ, liver entertainment, drinks, door prizes and friendly Island hospitality – all to celebrate the cruiser who frequent the Fort Myers Beach mooring field. The field provides 70 mooring balls available for rental by the day, week or month. For more information on the event or the mooring field, call Matanzas on the Bay at 239-463-9258.

    FASHION FLAMINGLE

    The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation invites everyone to join them for Fashion Flamingle, a fashion show and luncheon at South Beach Grille on SA Apr 6 from 11am – 2pm. Fashions provided by Palmetto’s and The Islander. Tickets $35. For information and reservations, call Bobbi Kemp 724-272-4910.

    MULHOLLAND AWARD

    The Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF) is an advisory board to the Fort Myers Beach Town Council regarding awareness, education and preservation of the community’s natural resources. MRTF is now seeking nominations for the annual Mulholland award given to an individual, business or organization which promotes awareness, education and preservation of our community’s natural resources. The Mulholland award is for entities that demonstrate a long-term commitment to environmental stewardship. Winners’ names are engraved on the Mangrove Tree plaque in Town Council chambers. Stewardship is the voluntary conservation of natural habitat and wildlife by concerned citizens. Applications can be obtained at Town Hall or at fmbgov.com Applications must be received by March 31.

    LUAU ON THE BEACH

    Sign up now for the Friends of Lovers Key Luau on the Beach on April 11 from 5:30-8:30pm. The luau will include a pig roast, chicken, appetizers and dessert, plus dancing to steel drum music and games. Cost is $60/person for non-FOLKS members and $55/person for FOLKS members. Tickets available at Eventbrite.com. Includes park entry and 2 free drinks. Reservations required by March 30, but don’t wait or you might miss this annual event.

    FMB FILM FESTIVAL

    Mark your calendar now for the 13th Annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival on April 24-28. Shorts, features, workshops, filmmakers, awards, over 100 films. Something for all ages. For more information visit FMBFilmFest.com.

    ART GALLERY

    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is currently showing original artwork by local artists in their Spring Juried Show, “Under the Sun” through March 21 in the Main Gallery. The FMBAA Gallery is located at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, FMB. Hours are MO – SA 10am – 3pm. Free admission. See available classes at www.fortmyersbeachart.com  or call
    239-463-3909.

    ETHNOBOTANY

    Plan to visit Matanzas Pass Preserve on Wednesday mornings for the free guided walk, “Exploring Ethnobotany” at 9:30am with a Florida Master Naturalist. Learn about the historical importance of Florida native plants as food, shelter, medicine and clothing to humans past & present. Discover how indigenous plants were used by the Calusa and early settlers.

    WALKING GROUP

    Residents and visitors are invited to join the Sea Dolphins Walking Group that meets at Chapel by the Sea every TU at 9:30am. Meet on the patio for an easy 30-min. walk through nearby neighborhoods and the beach. 100 Chapel St., FMB