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    Don’t miss a thing happening on the beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for everything going on here at the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.

    SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

    Head to Lehne Burgers this SA Mar 25 from 3-5pm for a “magical” fundraiser featuring local youth magician Eliot Lincoln, known around Time Square as “Eliot the Enchanter.” Magic burgers and Magic fingers are on the menu.

    STUDENT ART SHOW

    The Student Scholarship Art Show will be on display at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery from March 25-29. The public is invited to an Awards Reception on SU Mar 26 from 1-3pm at the gallery. The exhibit contains works from college bound seniors from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts, Cypress Lake High School as well as work of artists from Cypress Lake Middle School. Gallery Hours are MO-SA 10am-3pm. For more information visit: fortmyersbeachart.com

    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.

    ESTERO BLVD MEETING

    Lee County and the Town of Fort Myers Beach will hold a public meeting on MO Apr 10 from 5-7pm at Bay Oaks Rec Center on the next phase of Estero Blvd construction (from Lovers Lane to Strandview/Publix) including these side streets: Bay Rd, including Nature View Ct), Donora Blvd, Eucalyptus Ct, Jefferson St., Connecticut St, Bay mar Dr, Hercules Dr and Bayview Ave.) Residents and businesses in this area are invited to meet the project teams, view plans and ask questions about construction details of the water line, storm drainage and road improvements expected to start this summer.

    DINING DISCOUNT BOOK

    The 2017 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $25. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 62 area restaurants, including 12 FMB locations. Most off-season discounts are valid Apr 15-Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects including the Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, Healthy Start, United Way reading Program and Human Trafficking Awareness Program. Pick up your Dining Discount Book at the Kiwanis Thrift Store, FMB Chamber of Commerce office, Bennett’s Chiropractic, Indian Creek Resort or Gavin’s Ace Hardware.

    KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP

    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.

    LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

    Sign up now for the Town’s Leadership Conference sponsored by the Cultural Resources Advisory Board 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.

    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 recyclable 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.

    NAUTICAL FLEA MARKET & BOAT SHOW

    The Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show, sponsored by the Friends of Lovers Key and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, will be held at the Lovers Key Boat Ramp from FR Mar 31–SU Apr 2 from 9am-5pm each day. It will feature nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising items as well as boat dealers. Food, ice cream and a beer garden. Suggested $5 donation to enter. Proceeds benefit Lovers Key State Park and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club.

    MULHOLLAND AWARD

    The Marine Resources Task Force (MRTF) is now taking nominations for the 2017 Mayor John Mulholland Stewardship Award. This is an annual award for individuals, businesses and non-profit groups nominated by citizens to honor voluntary efforts in awareness, education and preservation of our community’s resources. Winner’s names are engraved on the red mangrove wall sculpture in Council Chambers. Nominations are due by March 31. MRTF will select a winner at their April 12 meeting. Applications are available through Rae Blake rae@fortmyersbeachfl.gov.

    WALKING CLUB

    Join a friendly group for an easy 30-min. walk around the Chapel by the Sea neighborhood or on the beach before returning to Chapel. Offered every Tuesday morning at 9:30am at Chapel by the Sea.

    BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

    Experience the birds of Bunche Beach with a Bird Patrol Guide on TH Mar 30 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

    ROCKIN’ FOR CHRISTINE

    Islanders are invited to attend an all day benefit honoring Christine Sullivan, a beautiful, free- spirited woman well known on the beach as someone who organized benefits and helped others. Christine passed away Jan. 28, 2017. The benefit will be held SU April 2 from 1-10pm at Back Streets Sports Bar in Cape Coral. The event will benefit Abuse Counseling & Treatment, ACT, which provides free services to victims of domestic violence and their children via a 24-hour hotline, safety planning, emergency shelter and more in Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. The event will offer Live Music, Silent Auction and raffles. For more info see backstreetssportsbar.com

    FOOD DRIVE

    The 25th annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive will be held on SA, May 13 this year. Each year postal carriers and volunteers collect food donations to stock food pantries for the difficult summer months. On May 13, donations of unopened and unexpired food in unbreakable containers can be left by your mailbox for collection. Seasonal residents are urged to clear out their cabinets before they leave and drop off unopened and unexpired food at their local post office anytime before May 13th. All food is welcome, but items especially needed are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, canned meat, fruit, vegetables and soup.

    MASTER NATURALIST CLASS

    Ostego Bay Foundation will host the Uplands Core module of the Florida Master Naturalist Program April 3-7 from 9am-5pm each day. The course offers classroom, field trips and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation wildlife and conservation issues of Upland Systems in Florida – Hardwood Forests, Pinelands, Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands and Urban Green spaces. To learn more about the Master Naturalist Program or register go to www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu

    SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET

    The final free Acoustic Concert of the season at Lovers Key State Park will be offered TH Apr 6 at 5:30pm. This month’s concert will feature Bob Williams, Dan Philgreen and Keith Parker. The concert will take place at the beachfront gazebo. Seating available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair or blanket. Come enjoy some great original music in an intimate “bluebird Café” style. Sunset included.

    SHRIMP DINNER

    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the final monthly Shrimp Dinner of the season offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA Apr 8 from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person.