Tea By the Sea, High Rollin’ and an Art Show



    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.



    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.



    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



    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.



    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.



    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.”



    All adult bridge players are invited to play bridge at Chapel by the Sea every Monday and Thursday from 12:30-3:30pm. $3/session.



    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.



    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.



    Residents and visitors are invited to join the Sea Dolphins Walking Group that meets at Chapel by the Sea every TU at 9:30am. Meet on the patio for an easy 30-min. walk through nearby neighborhoods and the beach. 100 Chapel St., FMB



    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.


    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



    Join the Friends of the Mound House on FR Mar 22 from 7-10pm at the FMB Woman’s Club for the 2nd Annual Artful Intersection event featuring a live art auction with treasures for both beach and northern homes. The art auction celebrates many talented Island residents. Tickets $75 for a strolling supper and beverages. Tickets available from any board member of Friends of the Mound House or by calling Ceel at 239-765-6472. All proceeds benefit the Mound House summer camps.



    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is currently showing original artwork by local artists in their Spring Juried Show, “Under the Sun” through March 21 in the Main Gallery. A Board Members Show will be on exhibit Feb 23- Mar 7 in Studio 2 at the gallery. The FMBAA Gallery is located at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, FMB. Hours are MO – SA 10am – 3pm. Free admission. See available classes at www.fortmyersbeachart.com  or call



    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



    Plan to visit Matanzas Pass Preserve on Wednesday mornings for the free guided walk, “Exploring Ethnobotany” at 9:30am with a Florida Master Naturalist. Learn about the historical importance of Florida native plants as food, shelter, medicine and clothing to humans past & present. Discover how indigenous plants were used by the Calusa and early settlers.



    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.



    The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club is collecting bottle caps to help Beach School acquire a Buddy Bench, which is made from recycled bottle caps. A Buddy Bench is designed to help children who are being bullied or feel isolated at school or need a friend to play with. An education program accompanies the bench. Buddy Bench is a successful national program. Caps can be dropped off at the FMB Chamber Office, 2450 Estero Blvd, FMB. Acceptable caps include CLEAN caps from drink bottles, medicine, milk jugs, deodorant, flip-top bottles (ketchup, mustard), spray paint plus lids from cottage cheese containers, Peanut butter jars, yogurt, butter, detergent bottles. DO NOT bring them the bottles, just the caps/lids. Also no plastic bags, trigger sprayers, lotion pumps or fast food drink lids or caps or lids with recycle #1 ,3, 6 or 7.



    Free, acoustically-led Sing Along of 60’s classics, including the Beatles, Everly Brothers, Motown, Eagles & more. Meet at the picnic tables, some chairs provided, lyrics available. Begins at 5pm and plays until sunset at Bowditch Point Park. Parking is $2/hour. Offered every TH through Mar 7.



    Mark your calendar now for the 12th Annual Cruisers Appreciation Day on SA, Apr 6 from 12-3pm in the Matanzas on the Bay courtyard. Free admission for all with BBQ, liver entertainment, drinks, door prizes and friendly Island hospitality – all to celebrate the cruiser who frequent the Fort Myers Beach mooring field. The field provides 70 mooring balls available for rental by the day, week or month. For more information on the event or the mooring field, call Matanzas on the Bay at 239-463-9258.