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    What’s 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.



    A free workshop introducing the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program will be offered at the Mound House on SA June 3 from 9am-noon. The workshop prepares a gardener to plant a recognized Florida-Friendly Landscape. For more information call 239-765-0865



    The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club, the oldest tarpon-fishing club in the world, invites anyone interested in joining their fun, family oriented club to come to their monthly meeting on WE June 7 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s. This club believes in conservation and fish are released, preferably without being taken out of the water when caught. The club has a couple of one-day hunts & a club picnic coming up in June. www.fmbthc.com



    Join Fish Tale Marina in celebrating National Marina Day on SA June 10 from 10am-1pm. Fun for the whole family. Free hot dogs and a free fishing pole o the first 25 kids! Enjoy Ostego Bay Foundation Aquatic Touch Tank and learn more about Estero Bay from the Estero Bay Buddies. Also exhibiting will be the Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit. Watch for a special visit from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! Discounted one-hour bay cruises for just $15/adult from 11:30am-3pm. Kids free with paying adult. 239-463-3600.



    Join Island friends and family at Chapel by the Sea for an Italian Spaghetti Dinner on SA June 10 from 5-7pm in Silver Hall. On the menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers & onion, salad, garlic bread, dessert, cold drinks & coffee. $10 adults; $5 Public Safety Personnel in uniform or with ID; kids free. Everyone welcome. Proceeds benefit fund for kitchen renovation.



    Learn how to maintain your independence in your own home on TU June 13 from 9:30-11am. Director of Clinical Operations of Home Health Services for Lee Health Cathy Brady RN will explain the details of home health care, telehealth monitoring at home and free lifeline services. RSVP to chapel@chapelbts.org or call 239-463-3173 x 20.



    Beach Elementary School is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, “Summer Breakspot.” Any child age 18 and younger can receive a free meal at any Breakspot location. No forms, no cost. From June 5 through July 28, excluding July 4th, lunch will be offered at Beach School from 11am-12pm each Monday-Friday. It’s totally free, no sign up required. An adult must accompany children. For more information on Beach School Breakspot call 239-463-7430. Other locations serving on the same dates include Harlem Heights Elementary School at 15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, offering breakfast from 9-9:30am MO-FR and lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Call 570-939-2959 for more Harlem Heights info. Also Lakes Park at 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers will offer lunch from 12-12:30pm and a snack from 3-3:30pm. Call 239-826-4233 for more Lakes Park info.



    The Beach Pool, located at Bay Oaks Recreation Center is now open 7 days a week. MO-SA 10am-6pm and SU noon-6pm. The inflatable Aqua Glide Obstacle course will be in the pool now through June 4th and again June 30-July 2. During the summer, it will be in place the first and last weekends of each month FR-SU. Water Aerobics is offered every MO, WE & FR from 9-10am. Cost is $4 for Bay Oaks members; $6 for non-members. Open Lap Swim is offered each Sunday at 10am. For more information call 239-463-5759.



    Summer Swim lessons begin MO June 5 for weekday lessons (MO-TH). Weekday lessons are offered both mornings and afternoons. The first session will be June 5-15. Additional swim lessons will be offered June 26-July 7 and July 17-27. Saturday lessons will be offered June 10-July 15 and July 29-Sept. 2. Cost for lessons is just $20 courtesy of the Beach Kiwanis, “Every Child a Swimmer” program, which pays half of the fee. For more information and class times call the pool 239-463-5759.



    Island kids have some great summer camp opportunities this year. Bay Oaks Recreation Center offers Traditional Day Camp June 5 – August 4. Meeting MO-FR from 7:30am-6pm, camp offers weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, sports and more. Ages 6-13. Beginning at $75/week for members. To register or for more information call 239-765-4222.


    Ostego Bay Marine Science Center offers campers ages 6-15 the chance to explore some of our beautiful barrier islands and the waters of Estero Bay. Field and beach trips introduce campers to sea grass communities, mangrove tangles and more. Meets MO-FR 9am-4pm. Sessions begin June 12. For registration, costs and more information call 239-765-0181 MO-SA from 10am-4pm or visit www.ostegobay.org


    Sailing Camp at the Mound House will be held June 19-23 for ages 8-11. Learn the fundamentals of sailing or perfect your skills with this weeklong sailing camp. Camp is held 8:30am-3:30pm each cay. Cost is $200. Students must be able to swim and bring a properly-fitted PFD, wear clothing and closed toe shoes that can get wet. Class is taught by U.S. Sailing-certified instructors and junior instructors. For details or to register contact Denise Monahan at 848-8969 or email deinse@seacoastcottagecompany.com. Registration forms available at Mound House or Bay Oaks. Space is limited.



    Estero Island’s oldest standing structure at the Mound House is now open as a cultural and environmental learning center. A unique archaeological and historical site on Fort Myers Beach located directly on Estero Bay, the Mound House offers a variety of programs for local residents & visitors. Experience 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 and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include:


    SA June 3 –10am Archeology of the Mound House; 11am-Guided Tour; 2pm-Indian Shell Mound Tour.

    TU June 6 – 10am- Counting on the Mound (ages 3-5); 11am – Gardens of the Mound House Tour; 2pm Guided Tour

    WE June 7 – 8am-noon-Guided Kayak Eco-Tour; 10am Calusa Indian Tools & Weapons; 11am & 2pm Guided Tour;

    FR June 9 – 8:30am-At Newton Beach House – Breakfast on the Beach. (Mound House Closed)

    SA June 10 – 9am- Family Fun Kayak Tours; 2pm-Guided Tour.



    The Fort Myers Beach Library offers a cool respite from a busy day. Enjoy an hour browsing the newspapers and magazines in the Living Room or sign up for some time on the library’s computers. Or participate in one of the programs offered each month in the 3rd floor Community Room. Anyone looking for a book for some beach reading should stop by the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor. Open MO-FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. Some upcoming programs at the library include:


    FR June 9 & 16 from 9am-4pm – Piano Lessons for Children-must pre-register by May 30.

    TU June 13 from 10-11am – Dog Day. Must pre-register.

    TH June 15 from 9am-noon – Grand Opening Knotty Bean Coffee Bar 3rd floor Commons.



    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 June 9 – Walk on the Wild Side

    TU June 13 – Fishing Clinic

    FR June 16 – Sea Turtle Talk



    Explore the winding mangrove creeks and hidden backwaters of Estero Bay as only a kayaker can. Join this unique eco-tour guided by Dexter Norris, biologist, naturalist and Mound House Environmental Educator. Experience the abundant natural beauty of the ancient realm of the Calusa in a tandem kayak as you paddle the Estero and Hell Peckney bays. Tours conducted as per Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism guidelines. Offered WE June 7 & WE June 17 from 9am-12pm. Cost $45/person (museum admission included). Members $15. All equipment provided. Water shoes required. Must be over age 12 and able to swim, walk over rough terrain and get in and out of a kayak and paddle for up to 3 hours. Children 12 and older must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Reservations required-call 239-765-0865.