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    There’s always a lot happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these Around & About pages for upcoming events and be sure to pick up a copy of the August SAND LIFE magazine for a complete list of all the fun things to do on the beach.

    COMMUNITY DAY

    Fish Tale Marina will host the 2nd Annual Community Day Fair celebrating local public safety officials on SA Aug 13 from 10:30am-2:30pm. Plan now to stop by this free, fun-filled event and enjoy games, face-painting, live entertainment and a chance to meet members of our public safety team: Lee County Sheriff’s Office, FMB Fire District, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission. 7225 Estero. Blvd.

    GROUPER GRAPPLE

    Fish Tale Marina will host the 4th Annual Grouper Grapple on Aug 12-13. Captain’s Meeting FR Aug 12; Tournament SA Aug 13. All team entry fees paid out to winning teams/anglers. Grouper Grapple will again partner with Freedom Alliance to sponsor a group of 16 military veterans, providing each veteran the chance to experience freedom on the water with a Back Bay fishing excursion, including airfare, hotel and much more. 100% of sponsor fees, silent auction sales and ticket sales benefit Freedom Alliance. www.GrouperGrapple.com

    JUNIOR RANGER SEA TURTLES

    Hey Kids! Join a park ranger to explore the fascinating life of sea turtles that visit Lovers Key State Park. TH Aug 18 at 10am. Designed for kids 6 and up. Learn about nesting behavior and how people can help sea turtles. Enjoy some fun activities on the beach as you learn about turtles. Pre-registration required. Free with park entry 239-463-4588.

    PANTHER BASEBALL FISH TOURNAMENT

    The Panther Alumni Baseball Club will host its 5th annual fishing tournament on SA Aug 20. The club, which raises funds to support Cypress Lake High School baseball team, assists in paying for equipment, purchasing supplies and awarding scholarships to student athletes in the community. The tournament will be held at Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant, Port Sanibel Marina, 14301 Port Comfort Rd, Fort Myers, beginning at 7am Saturday, Aug 20. Teams must be registered by the Captain’s Meeting on FR Aug 19 at 6pm at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Registration and complete details can be found at www.PantherBaseballAllumni.org

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS OF BUNCHE BEACH

    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on TH Aug 18 at 5:30pm. 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. For more info call 239-707-3015

     BEACH LIBRARY

    Library hours: MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. The Friends Used Book Store is located on the third floor and is open MO-FR 9:15am-4: 45pm. Upcoming programs include:

    FR Aug 12 at 1:30pm – Naked Meadow

    TU Aug 16 at 10:30am – Book Discussion of “Two If By Sea” by Jacquelin Mitchard.

    FR Aug 19 at 10:30am – Computer Maintenance, pre-register.

    KAYAK ECO-TOUR

    Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Parke Lewis, Environmental Educator, biologist and an ACA certified kayak instructor. Experience the abundant natural beauty of Estero And Hell Peckney bays in a tandem kayak. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered every SA in August from 8:30-11:30am.

    BONSAI SOCIETY

    Anyone interested in Bonsai, the practice of raising small artistic trees in pots, is invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Bonsai Society of SWFL on SA Aug 20 at 9am at the SPLAC building on Metro Plantation Rd, Fort Myers. Entry and parking are free.

    MOUND HOUSE EVENTS

    Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay and offers a variety of programs. Experience this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Guided Museum Tours are offered from 9am-3pm most days the museum is open, call for availability. Extra fee for programs for non-members unless noted as free. Museum admission $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12. 451 Connecticut St. moundhouse.org 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs:

    –SAT Aug 13: 10am – The Night Life (ages 5-7)

    –TU Aug 16: 9am-Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park (free); 10am-Calusa Indian Art

    –WE Aug 10: 10am – Gardens of the Mound House

    –SAT Aug 20: 10am – Cool Calusa Tools & Weapons

    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 Aug 12 – Beach Walk & Estuary Tour

    TH Aug 18 – Junior Ranger-Sea Turtles

    FR Aug 19 – Florida Manatee Talk

    ADVISORY COMMITTEES

    The Town of Fort Myers Beach is seeking members to serve on the Town’s advisory committees and boards. Current members of any board who are up for renewal are asked to inform the Town Clerk of their interest in reappointment by Sept 1. Islanders who are not currently serving and wish to be considered for an open seat on any of the advisory boards is asked to submit a letter of interest with a brief summary of qualifications and a short bio by WE Sept 21. Council is expected to make selections at their Oct 3 meeting. For more information visit www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov or inquire at the Clerk’s office, 239-765-0202.

    RECYCLE SMART

    Lee County Solid Waste urges Island residents to be sure they are putting ONLY approved items into their recycling bins. Putting non-approved items in the bin can result in the entire truckload of recycling going to the trash. The ONLY things that can be recycled are: non-coated paper (no waxed drink cups), metal cans, plastic containers with a #1-#7 on them, glass bottles/jars, cardboard. Avoid ‘wish’cycling – putting items in that you wish could be recycled. Learn more at http://bit.ly/FMBrecycle

    CHAMBER CONCERT

    Join the Southwest Florida Symphony and Maestro Nir Kabaretti as they kick off their 56th season a few months early at a Summer Staycation Concert at Shell Point Village Church on TH Aug 25 at 7:30pm. The concert will feature light, popular classic pieces. Tickets $26 and available at shellpoint.org or call 239-454-2067.

    KALKOAS BEACH BASH

    Join the Salt Warriors and their mascot Kalkoa for a Party with a Cause at Lovers Key State Park on SA Sept. 10 from 2-7pm. Hang out for an hour or all day and enjoy live music, a kid-friendly area, craft beer, amazing food and special events like paddleboard classes, beach yoga, painting and more. Proceeds will benefit two local charities: Caleb’s Crusade Against Childhood Cancer and The Kira Foundation: Advocate for Childhood Cancer Awareness. 239-734-0204

    SOCK HOP ON THE BEACH

    Join the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) for a 50’s-60’s Sock Hop on the Beach at Lovers Key State Park on TH Sept 29 from 4-7pm. Join FOLKS at the gazebo for a fun-filled evening of 50’s and 60’s music, dancing and contests. Participate in the Hula Hoop contest, Best Outfit contest or Jitterbug contest. Dinner and snacks served. $40/couple for FOLKS members; $45 for non-FOLKS members. Cost includes park entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com. FOLKS will also hold a Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key on FR Oct 14, 2016. Watch for details.

    SWIM LESSONS

    Beach Pool and the FMB Kiwanis Club are joining forces to provide American Red Cross Swim Lessons for children ages 6 months and up. Fees for each session are $40, but the Kiwanis will pay $20 for children under the age of 18, making the cost only $20! The next series of lessons begin Aug 13th for Saturday sessions. To schedule swim lessons, call 239-463-5759 or stop by the pool. Keep children safe around water! Let the Beach Pool teach them to swim.