Spirit of the Holidays and Other Happenings

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    There is always something happening on and around Fort Myers Beach! Look here each week for upcoming events and fundraisers.

    AUCTION & FISH FRY

    fish-fry-and-silent-auction-fundraiser-benefit-42The 20th annual Ostego Bay Foundation Silent Auction and Fish Fry will be held FR Dec 6 from 5-8pm at Bonita Bill’s Café, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, on San Carlos Island under the bridge. No cost to attend the Silent Auction. Fish Fry is $12. Proceeds support the foundation and their local environmental education efforts. The auction will feature a selection of local products and services from area businesses.

     

    SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS

    Spirit-of-the-Holidays-Auction-DiamondheadThe annual Christmas fundraisers for Spirit of the Holidays are coming up soon! The Spirit Dinner Auction will be FR Dec 6 at 6pm at DiamondHead Resort. Tickets are $100 and available at Century21 TriPower Realty and Red Coconut RV Park. The Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held SA Dec 7 from 7-11am at the Red Coconut clubhouse. Tickets $5 at the door. The Gift Wrapping Party will be held WE Dec 18 starting at 5pm at the Red Coconut clubhouse. Spirit of the Holidays is a joint effort of the Beach Kids Foundation and the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department to benefit local families at Christmas.

     

    TOYS FOR TOTS

    toys for tots-fort myers beach-shamrock pubBring a new unwrapped toy to the Shamrock Irish Pub & stay for the party! SA Dec 7, from Noon – 8pm. Live music by Beach Fuzz, raffles, Silent Auction and fun for all!  Toys should be in the $10 and up range. Homemade toys accepted. Books are also needed. Toys will go to kids in FMB and surrounding areas. 2201 Estero Blvd, FMB.

     

    SHRIMP DINNER

    shrimp dinner-st raphaels-fort myers beachEnjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Dec 7 from 4-7 p.m. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Soda included. Beer and wine tickets available. No reservations. Note that food service begins at 4pm this month to accommodate those attending the Christmas Boat Parade. Take out service available.

     

    CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE

    christmas boat parade-fort myers beachThe 31st Annual Christmas Boat Parade will be held on SA Dec 7 at 6pm. Last year’s parade had over 30 boats participate and this year’s looks even better. The parade begins at Salty Sam’s Marina and makes its way north along the back bay, passing numerous restaurants. Watch the parade from Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Bonita Bill’s, Dixie Fish Co. or Doc Ford’s or grab a spot in Bayside Park next to Nervous Nellie’s or in Siesta Isles (bring a chair). Enter your boat for just $25 for non-sponsored boats and $50 for a sponsored boat. Call 239-454-7500 or visit bit.ly/ispBoatParade for entry info.

     

    PANCAKE BREAKFAST & BAKE SALE

    pancake breakfast-fort myers beach - bayside estatesHead to the Bayside Estates Clubhouse SU Dec 8 from 8-11am for their monthly Pancake Breakfast, plus a Holiday Bake Sale! Open to all. Enjoy scrambled eggs, sausages, coffee, orange juice and all you can eat pancakes for $5. Order an omelet for $1 more. Held on 2nd Sunday Nov – Mar. On Dec 8, enjoy a Holiday Bake Sale by the Bayside Estates Socialites. Pick up some holiday treats to take home and share with friends and family. 17601 San Carlos Blvd, FMB.

     

    EIHS OPEN HOUSE & BAKE SALE

    EIHS-Bake-SaleFort-Myers-BeachEnjoy the holiday season with the members of the Estero Island Historic Society during an Open House and Bake Sale on MO Dec 9 beginning at 6:30pm. At 7pm enjoy an historic re-enactment by Laurie Nienhaus and Carmine Pacchino of “The True Spirit of Men.” Short and dramatic, it is a retelling of the Christmas Truce of 1912.  Enjoy cookies and punch. Handmade quilts and homemade baked goods available for purchase. Event held at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. due to the closing of parking lot at the Historic Cottages for park renovation.

     

    MOUND HOUSE LECTURE

    Roger-Hammer-Naturalist-Mound-House-LecturesThe next Mound House lecture is TU Dec 10, featuring Dr. Roger Hammer, Naturalist, prolific author of books on Florida wildflowers and Everglades exploration and the Survivalist Instructor for the Discovery Channel’s reality television show, “Naked & Afraid.” His topic is “Journey Through the Everglades – A Program for Hikers, Bikers, Paddlers and Wildflower Enthusiasts.” The Mound House Museum Store offers a number of Dr. Hammer’s books for sale, so he will conduct a book signing following his lecture. Social time begins at 5:30pm; lecture at 6pm. Advance reservations required at 239-765-0865, as the Mound House accommodates just 45 people. Cash-only admission at the door is $5 for Mound House members and $10 non-members

     

    ART RECEPTION

    Art-Divine-Art-Show-Fort-Myers-BeachThe Fort Myers Beach Art Association will open their Art Divine show and sale of original art at or below $150 on SA, Dec 7. A public reception will be held on WE, Dec 11 from 5:30-7pm.

     

    CHRISTMAS TREE FEST

    FMB-Womens-CLub-christmasMark your calendar for the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club 2nd annual Christmas Tree Festival & Auction on FR Dec 13 from 5:30-8:30pm and SA Dec 14 from 3:30-8pm at the Woman’s club, 175 Sterling Ave, FMB. Silent Auction for over two dozen unique Christmas trees decorated by area non-profit organizations. Live performances, Food trucks on Friday; chili tasting and bake sale on Saturday. Cash bar both nights. Santa will be visiting Friday night.

     

    CHRISTMAS MARKET

    Mound House-Christmas MArketOn SA, Dec 14 from 10am -3pm, the Mound House will host a variety of local vendors offering unique gifts including the Caloosa Carvers with wood carving demonstrations. Visit the museum free or shop unique items from Mali. Food and beverages available from the Dog House with beer samples from Momentum Brewery. Entertainment by Chapel by the Sea. Event supports the Friends of the Mound House. 451 Connecticut St, FMB. Parking at 216 Connecticut St.

    BROMELIAD SHOW

    Bromelaid SHow-Fort Myers BeachThe Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society will host their Annual Bromeliad Plant Show & Sale on Dec 14 & 15 at the Araba Shrine Temple, 2010 Hanson St, Fort Myers. Admission is Free and includes a judged show of spectacular displays of bromeliads and the area’s largest Bromeliad plant sale. Pick up growing tips and landscape ideas.

     

    HOLIDAY INN CONCERT

    Paul-Todd--Holiday-Inn-Concert-Beach-MethodistThe Beach United Methodist Church will host an enchanting evening inspired by Irving Berlin featuring your favorite Christmas songs performed by Paul Todd, Paul Todd, Jr, and the St. Agnes Choir on Dec 16 at 7pm. Refreshments will be available. Free will offering. 239-463-9656.

     

    BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

    Chapel-By-the-Sea-Fort-Myers-Beach-ChristmasChapel by the Sea acknowledges that this season, often full of holidays and joy, can be hard for those who mourn or are experiencing difficult times. On Thursday, Dec. 19, they will hold a Blue Christmas Service to provide comfort for those who feel little comfort & joy amid this celebratory season. All are welcome. 100 Chapel St. 239-463-3173.

     

    FREE HOLIDAY MOVIES

    Beach Library-Free moviesThe Beach Library is hosting several holiday matinee classics this season. On Dec 10, see “Polar Express at 2:30 pm and on Dec 23 see “A Christmas Story” at 2:30pm.

     

    MAHJONG

    Attention all Mahjong players: Drop in Mahjong is offered every Monday from 9am-noon through April at Church of the Ascension Parish Hall. AC & refreshments. Call Barbara Puffer for information. 203-494-2765 or 239-463-4543. No play Dec 23 & 30.

     

    HOLIDAY PREP

    Lee-County-Solid-WasteLee County Solid Waste encourages residents to use hurricane-season gasoline now and dispose of cooking oil and other chemicals. Gas degrades over time and should not be stored year to year. Gas from this year’s hurricane supplies can be used in lawn mowers and other equipment. Residents are encouraged to bring leftover oil from holiday turkey frying, old paint, fluorescent lightbulbs and other household chemicals to the Solid Waste facility at 6441 Topaz Ct, Fort Myers. It is open MO – FR 8am -5pm and the first Saturday of the month, including this SA, Dec 7, 8 am – noon. For more info on recycling and solid waste disposal visit leegov.com/solidwaste

     

    HOLIDAY NIGHTS

    Edison-Ford--Christmas-Fort-MyersThe Edison & Ford Estates homes and gardens are decorated with thousands of lights for Holiday Nights, is open through Dec. 30. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit each Sunday from 6-8pm at the Caretakers Cottage. The Children’s Tree Trail features over 60 trees decorated with handmade ornaments from Lee County students. Holiday Nights tickets are $20/adults: $10/teens and $2/children 6-12. For more information visit edisonford.org

     

    WATER QUALITY LINKS

    Fort-Myers-Beach-Water-Quality-LinksSave these links to check on water quality. Some are single source reports, others contain multiple links to a variety of information.

    Chamber of Commerce

    State Water Quality 

    FWC Red Tide 

    SCCF Reports

    Mote Marine Reports

    Vibrio V Reports