What’s happening on Fort Myers Beach? Check out these events and pick up your September copy of SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine now for a guide to everything happening on the beach. The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF
On SA, Sept 2 from 1-4pm, the Salty Crab Bar & Grill at 1154 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, will join with the Pit Bull Crew, a dog rescue group, to host a relief effort. They will be collecting donations and supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims, both humans and pets. Bring cash donations, food, clothing, baby supplies, toiletries, blankets, pet crates, pet food and supplies.
Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On Friday, Sept. 1, High Tide will play featuring their unusual and refreshing take on popular music. On Saturday, Sept. 2, Double Standard will take the stage with a wide variety of listening and dancing music. Sunset Celebration is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset! Sunset Celebrations are sponsored by The Times Square Merchant & Event Association, The Town of Fort Myers Beach and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA Sept 2 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.
The Beach Area Civic Association will hold a meeting on TH Sept 5 at 6pm in Bonita Bill’s meeting room on San Carlos Island. Topics of discussion will include the TPI downtown FMB proposal, Bay Harbour Marina Village and the San Carlos Blvd. study plus other development issues on Estero and San Carlos Islands. All are welcome.
WILD COFFEE DUO
The Shell Point Summer Concert Series continues with a performance of the Wild Coffee Duo at 7pm TH Sept 7 at the Social Center on The Island at Shell Point. Pianist Abbey Allison and cellist Susie Kelly are classically trained and offer an engaging repertoire that features a variety of musical styles. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 239-454-2067.
Bay Oaks is hosting a new program for “Grown Children” on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm beginning Sept. 7. Participants will play old school games. No cost for members; day pass needed for non-members. All Island residents are eligible for a free membership at Bay Oaks. Stop by and sign up now.
Author Marta Elva will be the guest speaker at the Sept 8, 2017 meeting of the Friends of Lakes Regional Library at 1:00pm. Ms. Elva, who was born in Mexico and currently resides in Matlacha, will discuss her novel, “AMERICAN TUMBLEWEEDS.” Friends programs are free and welcome the public. No registration is required. Lakes Regional Library is located at 15290 Bass Road.
Help clear our beaches of debris on SA Sept 16 from 8am-noon.Meet at Beach School at 8am. Marine life can become entangled in fishing line, nets, six-pack rings or they may mistake trash like Styrofoam or plastics for food. Keep Lee County Beautiful along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife, The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation and the Town of Fort Myers Beach organizes clean ups each fall to clean up beaches during International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers are urgently needed and asked to sign up at klcb.org. The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation will organize a clean up at Beach School. Additional locations involved in the Coastal Cleanup are Wyndham Garden Beach, Lovers Key Event Field and Dog Beach. If you’d like to be a clean up captain for a Lee County coastal cleanup, email Mike Thomas at Mike@klcb.org to stake your claim.
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS NEEDED
The Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve are working to establish a Monarch butterfly population in the Preserve and need volunteers to act as citizen scientists to monitor progress. Training provided. All you need is a willingness to help and a sense of curiosity. To volunteer call 239-565-7437.
PAINT THE BEACH
The Eighth annual Paint the Beach Art Festival to be held Nov. 7-12, 2017, is accepting artist registrations now through Sept 30. The Festival will be held Nov 6-12 and includes artists from across the country that will capture the beauty, light and texture of the local landscape. On WE Nov 8 all artists are invited to capture the sunset behind Junkanoo’s. The three-day art competition will be followed by a two-day sale at Santini Marina Plaza. The Quick Draw competition will be held on SA Nov 11 8-11:30am in Times Square. $6,000 in prizes will be awarded. Two divisions for Juried and Emerging artists. Max 60 artists. Quick draw has a 30 artist limit. Awards Ceremony with collector’s preview and reception on FR Nov 10 from 5-8pm. Registration and event information is available now at www.PainttheBeach.com.
The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite on a hot, busy day. Browse the library’s many collections, find a new author or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Head to the 3rd floor to view the artwork of the artist of the month or stop in the Friends Used Book Store. The Knotty Bean Café on the 3rd floor is closed for September and will reopen Oct. 2. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. Upcoming programs include:
WE, Sept 6 at 10:30am – Story Hour for children
TH, Sept 7 at 3:30-4:30pm – Meet the Artist, Charles Greenholdt
FR, Sept 8 at 10:30am – Memory Improvement
The Mound House is a unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay. A variety of programs are offered at this one of a kind museum that sits atop a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound. Open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm at 451 Connecticut St. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:
SA Sept 2 – 8am – Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 11am – Calusa Indian Pottery; 1pm – Shell Mound Tour; 2pm-Guided Tour
TU Sept 5 – 9am – Guided Beach Walk at Newton Park; 11am & 2pm– Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Tour
WE Sept 6 – 11am & 2pm – Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour; 1pm– Guided Tour
SA Sept 9 — 10am – Jewelry Making: Calusa Style; 11am – Calusa Indian Shell Mound Tour; 2pm – Guided Tour
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 Sept 1 – Sea Turtle Talk
FR Sept 8 – Manatee Talk
TH Sept 14 – Fishing Clinic
FR Sept 15 – Walk on the Wild Side
Lee County Veteran Services offers a monthly outreach program in south Lee County from 9am-3pm on the first Friday of each month at the Bonita East United Way House, 26820 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs, with lead agency Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. Lee County Veteran Services counsels and educates veterans, their dependents and survivors on potential benefits available to them from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs and other government agencies. They offer guidance with compensation, pensions, education, survivor benefits and more. Veterans, dependents and survivors can make appointments by calling 239-533-8381. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Estero Island Historic Society Historic Cottage is open each WE and SA from 10am-12 noon. Learn local history through photographs and memorabilia. Local history books are available for purchase. Located at the end of Bay Rd at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. The EIHS is raising funds for a survey to begin the process of adding another historic cottage to their grounds. Support them by joining the Historic Society. Cost is $15/year or $100 for a lifetime membership. Mail your check to: Estero Island Historic Society, PO Box 2815, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932.