JULY 4th FUN
There is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Fort Myers Beach! Starting with an old-fashioned family fun parade at 10am. Do you want to be part of the parade? Register now at Bay Oaks Recreation Center or at bit.ly/FMBparade Registration is $40 for businesses; $20 for non-profits and FREE for families. Fireworks off the pier begin at 9pm. For more information call 239-765-4222 or email Sarah@fmbgov.com Times Square will have live music all day starting at 1pm with Remedy playing from 1-5pm and High Tide from 6-11pm courtesy of the Times Square Merchants Association.
MUSICAL GARAGE SALE
Attend the Lewis P. Tabarrini Children’s Music Outreach Foundation Garage Sale on SA, June 22 from 9am to 1pm at Gator Lanes located at 1901 Crystal Dr., Fort Myers. There will be lots of treasures for sale, plus live music, the kids will be there to show off some of their guitar playing skills, and the Tabarrini Foundation Road Crew will be there to answer all your questions about how you can get involved! The Tabarrini Foundation gives free musical instruments and guitar lessons to deserving kids in Southwest Florida that want to play music, but do not have the means to do so on their own. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
FMB PRIDE PARTY
The Nauti Parrot Dock Bar at 19001 San Carlos Blvd, FMB will host a LGBTQ Pride Celebration on SA June 22 from 8pm – 2am. Everyone is welcome to come and support the LGBTQ community of SWFL at this 21+ event. The celebration will include drag shows, DJ Smokey (fort Myers), DJ Pat Pat (Naples), dancing, specials and a balloon pop contest. $12 entry. A portion of proceeds will benefit Visuality LGBTQ Youth Community Center. For more details call 239-314-5667.
The children’s pool at the Beach Pool will close from WE June 26 through FR June 28 for the installation of the new Kiddie Pool Play Structure. The main pool will remain open during this time. The Beach Pool, located at 2600 Oak St., FMB, is open daily from 10am – 6pm.
Join the Lee County Extension Services on FR June 28 from 10am-12pm for a free Florida Yards & Neighborhoods class at Lakes Park Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. Learn the principles of Florida-friendly landscaping using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn the nine principles of creating and maintaining a “Florida-Friendly Yard.” Class is free, but please register at FYNLL2019.eventbrite.com or call
239-533-4000. The class will also be presented on SA July 20 from 10am -noon.
FMB’S own Salty Sam’s Pirate Ship recently served as the main stage for a music video by The Moy Boys, titled “Nautical.” The video released last week, garnered over 200,000 views within hours on YouTube. Florida natives, the Moy Boys began their careers as actors and are now working as musical artists. They try to work in Florida as often as possible. Filmed in FMB and Ocala, and recorded in Los Angeles, the video can be found at bit.ly/MoyNautical
Join an experienced Bird Patrol Guide in Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, on SA July 6 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. Free with paid parking.
The Beach Pool at the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus offers swim lessons MO – TH from 8:30-10am and Sunday at 10:30am. Call the pool for details 239-463-5759.The Beach Pool is open from 10am -6pm every day. The Children’s Pool will be closed June 26 -28 for installation of a new play structure. The rest of the pool will be open those days.
Get your team together now for the Bay Oaks Adult Co-ed Kickball league on WE nights, beginning July 31. $150/team, minimum of 9 players per team. Register by July 22. Call 239-765-4222 for more info.
School’s out and it’s time for summer camp! There are still spaces available at these summer camps!
– Bay Oaks offers camp opportunities from now through August 9. Camp meets MO – FR from 7:30am – 6pm with weekly field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, sports and a friendly environment for ages 5-13. Beginning at $75/week for members and $100/week for nonmembers. Registration and information at fmbgov.com under Parks & Rec and Youth Programs. 239-765-4222.
– Mound House Super Science Camps offer a variety of one week camps through August 2. MO – FR 9am – 4pm. Film, cooking, robotics, Calusa Kids, science and fun, of course. $250/week. Camp descriptions and registration available at bit.ly/MHsciencecamps.
– Ostego Bay Summer Camp still has space available for camp weeks beginning July 8 and July 22. Explore our barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay with beach and field trips. Camps begin at the Marine Science Center, 718 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. MO – FR 9am – 4pm. Cost $275/week. Register at ostegobay.org or call 239-765-8101.
– The Fort Myers Miracle will offer two-day youth baseball camps to help children learn the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and running. Designed for all skill levels ages 6-12. Session run from 9am – noon. Camp 1 will be held MO July 8 & TU July 9. Camp 2 is on TU July 30 and WE July 31. $85/child or $160/both camps. Call 239-533-7675 or register at MiracleBaseball.com
The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the 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 June 21: 10:30am-Family Movie, “The Lego Batman Movie”
WE June 26: 10:30am-Pediatric Dentistry. Preregister by June 25.
TH June 27: 10:30am-Rhine River Cruise Discussion. Preregister.
TU July 2: 1:30pm-Family Movie, “Secret Life of Pets” PG Free.
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 June 22: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
TU June 25: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE June 26: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am – Calusa Indian Masks; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour
TH June 27: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour (Museum closed)
SA June 29: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum 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 Jun 24 – Birding Beach Walk
FR July 12 – Sea Turtle Talk
The 6th Annual FMB Chamber Bowling Bash will be held on July 18 from 4-9pm at Beach Bowl. Enter a team of up to 6 players and play from 5-7pm or 7-9pm. Cost is $75/team or $14/individual or $10 gallery ticket for non-players. Open to the public. Prizes for each round, plus free food and a cash bar. Contact the Chamber for registration information, 239-454-7500.
Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. Amber light bulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com.