Tea by the Sea, Boat Tours to Mound Key

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    KIWANIS

    The FMB Kiwanis Club’s monthly luncheon social meeting is this week on FR Feb 15 at Bonita Bills Waterfront Café at noon. Doors open at 11:30. Members and guests are welcome. Lunch buffet is $8. Raffle tickets available. Hear club updates and fun, Jim Lee on guitar for a short Valentine’s Day serenade and plans for the FMB Shrimp Festival. For more information about FMB Kiwanis, call the Thrift Shop at 454-8090 or visit www.FMBKiwanis.org.

    DINNER DANCE

    The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will host their annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 in the Ascension Parish Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm. Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Sanchez Entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Knights’ local charities. Tickets $25/person and are available at the gazebo after weekend masses, at the door or by calling George 630-546-4801 or Pietro 239-284-6516.

    VALENTINE DANCE

    Beach United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for their Valentine Dinner Dance on SA Feb 16 at 6pm. A donation of $12/person will be taken. For more information call 239-463-9656.

    BLOOD DRIVE

    Chapel by the Sea will host the Lee Health Bloodmobile from 9am-noon on SU Feb 17 at 100 Chapel St., FMB. Donors must be at least 17 years old and be in general health – no colds, flu, sore throat, etc, and present a photo ID.

    LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE

    The FMB Woman’s Club will host a five-week class on how to play bridge beginning on TU Feb 19 from 2-5pm and continuing the next four Tuesdays. Cost: $15 for 5-week class and includes a copy of Audrey Grant’s Bridge Basics 1.  Space is limited, and interested parties should contact Claire Langer at 239-292-1900.

    CHRONIC PAIN WORKSHOP

    Learn to manage chronic pain and get on with living a satisfying, fulfilling life in this free 6-week Chronic Pain Workshop beginning FR Feb 22 from 9-11:30am at Chapel by the Sea. Must RSVP to 239-463-3173.

    TEA BY THE SEA

    Amidst the picturesque sailboats, boat docks and pelicans, the Ostego Bay Foundation’s Annual Tea by the Sea and Fashion Show will be held SA Feb 23 from 11am – 1pm at Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Café, 700 Fisherman’s Wharf. Tickets $25/person. Advance reservations required. Call 239-765-8101.

    SPECIAL OLYMPICS

    Sign up now for a Walkathon to benefit Special Olympics Lee County on SA Feb 23 at 9am at Ascension Church, 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ascension Chapter, the walkathon is open to all ages. Walk as many laps as you’d like. Registration fee is $25/walker in advance or $30 at the event. Registration includes a t-shirt. Register by calling Dennis at 239-440-5511 or emailing dmrbowl@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics – Lee County.

    HIGH ROLLIN’

    The Beach School PTO will host the 2nd annual High Rollin’ on the Beach gaming fundraiser on SA Feb 23 from 6-10pm at the FMB Woman’s Club. This year’s theme is “Lucky Hearts.” Tickets are $50/person or a VIP table for 8 is $600. Tickets include food courtesy of The Dog House, musical entertainment, cash bar and $10,000 in Fun Money. Buy tickets online at Highrollinonthebeach.eventsmart.com. Email any questions to HighRollin@fmbpto.org

    BOAT TOURS TO MOUND KEY

    The Mound House hosts boat tours to Mound Key October through April. The tour leaves port from Fish Tale Marina aboard the Estero Bay Express for an exclusive experience including a visit to the Mound House and then onto Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa. Learn the rich history of the Calusa as well as new findings scientists are discovering about this ancient society. Guest will disembark and hike the trails of Mound Key. Along the way, discover the ecology of Estero Bay. This trip requires walking over rough terrain. Dates include Feb 23; Mar 9 & 24 and Apr 10 & 23. Times vary. $55/person; Members $50. Reservations required. Call 239-765-0865 for reservations. 

    DANCE

    Join the Ascension Women’s Guild  on TH Feb 28 from 7-9pm for a fun evening of dancing to the music of Side-by-Side in the parish hall of Ascension Church, 6025 Estero Blvd, FMB. Light refreshments will be served. $10 at the door. 

    AUTHOR PRESENTATION

    Lakes Library will host an author presentation by Alyson Richman at 2pm on TU Feb 26 at the library, 15290 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. Richman is the bestselling author of numerous novels including, “The Secret of Clouds,” The Garden of Letters” and “The Lost Wife.” 

    DIY PAINT WORKSHOP

    Furniture painting artist Tracey Bellion will lead two workshops showcasing her coastal whimsical style. Learn high-end furniture finishes in a fun, hands-on setting. Hosted by Salty Dog Gallery & Gifts and held at the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, Workshop 1 on TU Feb 26 from 6-9pm will have attendees painting a small furniture item they bring alongside Bellion. During Workshop 2 on WE Feb 27, 1-4pm, Bellion will do a live demonstration of advanced painting techniques. Cost is $65 each or $99 for both workshops. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets at Eventbrite.com. Search for “coastal whimsy” in Fort Myers Beach or use this link: bit.ly/BellionPaint The furniture pieces Bellion creates at the workshops will be auctioned on Salty Dog’s Facebook page to benefit the Stella’s Fund Havanese Rescue and the FMB Woman’s Club.

    VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

    Enjoy a heavenly evening with this famous choir that hails from around the world singing medieval, contemporary and experimental music. TU Feb 26 at 7pm, at the Village Church on The Island at Shell Point. Tickets $40. Call 239-454-2067.

    FREE TARPON CLINIC

    The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club will hold its annual Free Tarpon fishing and tackle clinic on WE Mar 6 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, FMB. Guest speaker will be JoEllen Wilson, Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program manager with the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Additional speakers will discuss finding and catching the Silver Kings using a variety of tackle. Instructional displays on rigging and baits will also be available. The FMB Tarpon Hunters Club is the oldest Tarpon fishing club in the world, established in 1962, its primary goal is to promote the grand sport of Tarpon fishing with sportsmanship and safe boating practices. The club meets the first Monday of each month at Bonita Bill’s. Learn more by visiting fmbthc.com or calling Steve 630-880-1023. 

    ART SHOW

    The many artists in Indian Creek will present their annual art show on SA March 9, from 9am – 1pm in Iroquois Hall in the Indian Creek Resort at 17340 San Carlos, Fort Myers Beach. All are welcome.   

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

    Mark your calendar for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on SA, March 16. Parade begins at 10am at Santini Plaza and ends at Ascension Church. Participants must register with Parade Chairman Ray Murphy by calling 591-8803 or emailing raymurphy870@gmail.com

    COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

    In 2018, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation generously responded to charitable requests with over $20,000 to numerous organizations who serve those living in and around the beach community. Any organization seeking funding or a donation is welcome to submit their request in writing on letterhead to the foundation. That tradition continues as the FMBCF is currently seeking requests not only from charities but from those seeking tuition assistance. The Community Foundation also provides scholarships toward any form of education including trade schools and certificate programs. Applications must be received by March 1, 2019 and additional details can be found at: www.fortmyersbeachcf.com

    KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS

    Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis has announced that scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now available at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org. All applicants must live in the 33931 zip code. Applications must be received by March 25, 2019.They will be awarded at Senior Award Night. This year Kiwanis will award an additional scholarship in memory of Dr. Leroy Hommerding who served as Kiwanis secretary and also the chair of the scholarship committee for many years. This will be a $5000 scholarship awarded to that high school applicant with the highest GPA at the end of the first semester of senior year. Email pmcfmb2003@yahoo.com with any questions.