Spirit of ’45, Grouper Grapple and More Fun in FMB

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    SPIRIT OF ‘45

    Celebrate the Lee County and National Spirit of ’45 Day on Sunday, Aug 11 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort with a special dinner and program honoring World War II veterans. The Spirit of ’45 event features a Color Guard, Wreath Ceremony, Guest Speakers (WWII vets), Bagpipes, Guns N’ Hoses Pipes N’ Drums Corps performance and TAPS. Dinner is provided free to WWII veterans and their spouses of the WWII generation. Dinner cost is $25 for others. Dinner served at 4:15, with program afterwards, ending by 7:15pm. Reservations must be made by Aug.1, with payment by Aug 4. Sponsor-a-Vet – just $25. Call Eryka for reservations or sponsor opportunities. 917-607-4385.

    FREE COUNTY PARKS

    Lee County is celebrating National Park & Recreation Month by offering free parking on SA July 27 and SU July 28 at area county-owned parks including Lynn Hall Memorial Park, Bunche Beach, Bowditch Point Park, Lakes Regional Park and Punta Rassa boat ramp. ONLY Lee County parks are included. Fort Myers Beach parking lots and on-street parking is NOT included. For more information contact Lee County Parks at 239-533-7275.

    FLORIDA’S ICE AGE

    Join Rachael Kangas of the Florida Archaeology Network for a free presentation, “Florida’s Ice Age,” at the historic Mound House on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. Kangas will lecture on Florida’s Ice Age, where a cooler climate and roaming mastodons 10,000 years ago made the Sunshine State a much different place! Learn how the first Floridians not only survived but thrived in this environment by counting on a paleo-diet before it was all the rage! The Mound House is at 451 Connecticut Street, with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. For additional information, call 239-765-0865 or see www.moundhouse.org.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    The Kenny Conidaris Blood & Bone Marrow Drive will be held on SA July 27 from 9am -5pm at the Lani Kai Island Resort. The drive hopes to find a marrow match for Dalton Salerno of Naples. Donate blood or sign up for the marrow registry and enjoy a cookout lunch & snacks, plus a free t-shirt. Trapper Ray and animals from the Calusa Nature Center will be on hand for photos. A simple cheek swab can register you for the marrow registry. You must be between the ages of 18-55 to register. If you can’t make it and want to register, go to GiftofLife.org and they will send a kit. The day will include games and toys for the kids, a dunk tank, raffles, prizes and live entertainment. A poker run to benefit the Animal Refuge Center will begin at 9am at Rockstar Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers, stopping at three spots before ending at the Lani Kai. Cost to participate in the poker run is $25. Find the event on Facebook for more information.

    AUGUST ARTIST

    Paulette Boudreau’s art will grace the Beach Library’s 3rd floor Commons beginning August 1. Her colorful sea life art is often whimsical and always fascinating. Stop by and vote for your favorite in August! On FR Aug 2 from 3:30-4:30pm, Paulette will be on hand for a Meet & Greet in the Library Commons. Stop by with any questions or comments for the artist.

    MORNING MEANDER

    Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Aug 3 at 8am for Morning Meander, an easy walk along clear paths with an opportunity to see birds in native vegetation. Lakes Park is a birding hot spot and crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580 or 533-7576.

    GROUPER GRAPPLE

    Fish Tale Marina is sponsoring the 7th Annual Grouper Grapple on SA Aug 17. Captains’ Meeting will be held at Fish Tale Marina on FR Aug 16. Teams must be registered by 8pm Friday. Registration and tournament info at GrouperGrapple.com. 100% of entry fees will be paid out to winning teams & anglers. This tournament benefits The Reunite the Fight military veteran’s assistance organization. Eight veterans will be provided a Back Bay fishing excursion including travel costs as part of this event. Plus the eight veterans who participated last year will be invited back for another weekend of back bay fishing.

    FREE SCHOOL VACCINES

    The Florida Department of Health in Lee County reminds parents of kindergartners,7th graders, out of state, transfer and college students to make sure their child’s immunizations are current before the new school year starts. All students must have a Tdap booster before 7th grade. Walk in clinics will provide free back-to-school vaccinations for children through age 18 at the Florida Department of Health, 3920 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers on July 29 – Aug 2 from 8am-4pm; Aug 3 from 9am-2pm; Aug 5 – 9, Aug 12 & Aug 13 from 7 am-4pm. Beginning Aug 14, appointments will be required for immunizations.

    PETER LUTHERAN

    All are welcome at St. Peter Lutheran Church for worship services with Holy Communion each Sunday at 9:30am. Bible Study is offered immediately after Sunday service and all are invited to join this in-depth discussion of the lessons read during that day’s service. Everyone is invited to go deep-sea fishing with St. Peter’s 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 is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Library Café, Friends Used Bookstore or 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:

    FR July 26: 1:30pm – Meet the July Artist of the Month, Berry van Boekel

    FR Aug 2: 10:30am – Family Movie, “Jumanji”; 3:30-4:30pm Meet the August Artist Paulette Boudreau

    MOUND HOUSE

    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including 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 exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Save 20% on kayak tours for a limited time when you use the code SUMMER20 during online registration; 50% off Museum admission when you mention MOUNDHOUSE2019. Upcoming programs include:

    SA July 27: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Painting Pottery; 11am Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm – Florida’s Ice Age Lecture

    TU July 30: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE July 31: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Calusa Indian Masks; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour

    TH Aug 1: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour (Museum closed)

    SA Aug 3: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Painting Pottery; 11am–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    PROTECT OUR TURTLES

    FMB is in the midst of a record turtle nesting AND hatching season! Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! Contact Rae Burns at Town Hall for a free light inspection 239-765-0202. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. You can make a difference! For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.

    EDISON FORD ESTATES

    The Edison Ford Winter Estates at 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, includes a historical museum and 21-acre botanical garden on the sites of the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. Open daily from 9am -5:30pm. Guided and self-guided tours are available. For more information call 239-334-7419. Upcoming special programs include:

    SA July 27 at 11am & 2:30pm – Yomassage Class

    TU July 30 at 11:30am – Henry Ford’s 156th Birthday Celebration

    WE July 31 at 11:30am – Ask the Curator: Celebrating Ford’s Birthday