The Happenings On Fort Myers Beach

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    DON’T BLOCK INTERSECTIONS

    The FMB Fire Dept. reminds all drivers that when traffic is backed up, leave a gap at intersections to allow emergency vehicles access to all side roads. Those streets are the only access emergency services have to reach those who need help. Leave a Gap!

    COMMOTION BY THE OCEAN

    There is one public Town Council Candidate Forum remaining, Commotion by the Ocean, on TH Mar 5 from 6-9pm at Beach Baptist, 130 Connecticut St. Email questions for the Commotion to events@fmbchamber.com by Mar 2.

    HEALTH FAIR

    Stop by the Bay Oaks Health Fair on SA Feb 29 at Bay Oaks between 10am -1pm to meet local health and wellness professionals, ask questions and learn more about the resources available to help you become the healthiest You possible. Free screenings, fitness class demos, free samples, prizes! Free parking and admission.

    LOVERS KEY INVITATIONAL

    Don’t miss the Lovers Key Invitational Fine Art Show on SA Feb 29 and SU Mar 1 from 10am – 5pm at the Lovers Key State Park Event Field, 8700 Estero Blvd, FMB. Fabulous, original art direct from the artist!

    WOODCARVING

    The Paradise Carvers Group will host their annual Wood Carving Exhibit on SA Feb 29 from 10am – 2pm at the Iona Gardens Civic Association Clubhouse, 15720 Fern Drive, Fort Myers (off of McGregor Blvd. behind Peace Lutheran) Free admission and parking. All carvers, wannabe carvers and spectators are invited to see a variety of carving styles and levels of carvings. See recent competition works as well as completed projects and works in progress. Paradise Carvers meets weekly on TH from 9am-noon. Instruction available; membership is free. For more information email pamwilensky@yahoo.com

    BLUEWAY SPEAKER

    The final presentation in the free Calusa Blueway speaker series will be adventurer Victoria Burgess who will recount her voyage “Cuba to Key West on a Standup Paddleboard” on TU Mar 3 at 6:30pm at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers. She set a world record with the 115 mile trip with took 27 hours and 48 minutes. For more information or directions, call 239-432-2154.

    CALOOSA CARVERS

    Join the Caloosa Carvers on the grounds of the Mound House for free woodcarving demonstrations featuring relic artifacts from the Calusa culture. Offered on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9am to noon at no cost on the Mound House grounds. Stop by on Mar 3 and 17.  239-765-0865. Moundhouse.org

    CARIBBEAN CAR SHOW

    Parrot Key Caribbean Grill hosts two car shows each month, on the 1st and 3rd MO. Next show Mar 2 from 4-7pm. Stop by to see some cool hot rods, classic cars and custom trucks. Free registration for car owners and free admission for spectators. 239-463-3257.

    TARPON CLINIC

    Learn all about the Silver Kings from the experts at the Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club, WE Mar 4 at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s Meeting Room. Guest speaker will be Capt. Chris Wittman, co-founder of Captains for Clean Water, along with a number of displays and experts on tarpon fishing in SWFL. fortmyersbeachtarponhuntersclub.com

    SANIBEL SHELL FESTIVAL

    The 83rd Sanibel Shell Festival will be held at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel on March 5-7. Hours are 9am – 5pm on Mar 5 & 6 and 9am – 4pm on Mar 7. See shells from around the world and special exhibits, like the “Mermaid’s Crown” plus crafting demonstrations. No entrance fee for the Shell Festival grounds; $5 donation suggested for entrance to the inside Shell Show. Free parking with food and beverages available for purchase.

    PAUL TODD CONCERT

    Acclaimed singer/entertainer Paul Todd will appear in concert on TH Mar 5 at 7pm at the Beach United Methodist Church. Paul & Friends will perform “The Music of Broadway.” The concert is open to all with no tickets sold. A free-will offering will be taken. Come in your shorts and flip flops and enjoy this entertaining musical concert. 239-463-9656; fmbumc@comcast.net

    SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET

    Friends of Lovers Key joins with the Americana Community Music Association to offer a Songwriters at Sunset concert on the first TH each month at the gazebo on the Lovers Key State Park beach. On Mar 5, the Pearl Street Band will perform at 4:30pm. Prior to the concert, Food Truck vendors will be on site offering food and beverage options with a portion of sales supporting the future Welcome & Discovery Center. Free with park entry fees. Bring a chair or blanket.

    KIDS SHRIMP RUN

    This first event of the Lions Shrimp Festival on SA Mar 7 invites all kids K-5 to come to the Gulf Beach Road Access for a one-mile run on the beach. T-shirts for all participants and awards for the top three finishers boys and girls. Each grade starts separately. Run begins at 8am, get there early to register.

    BOATING CLASSES

    The San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron offers several boating classes at their classroom at 16048 San Carlos Blvd. For more information on classes, times and registration, visit www.scbps.com Upcoming classes include:

    -America’s Boating Class – Mar 7 & 14

    -Local Waters – Local Charts – Mar 21

    GHOST WARRIOR

    The final public meeting of the season for the Estero Island Historic Society will be held on MO Mar 9 at 7pm at St. Raphael’s Church, 5601 Williams Dr, FMB. Guest Speakers will be the authors of “Ghost Warrior – The Real ‘Martin Blank’ Green Beret in the Vietnam and Cold War Eras,” –  Martin G. LeBlanc and Janet Gottlieb Sailian. Hear from a man present at some of the most volatile moments of the Vietnam and Cold War eras. Free admission with EIHS donations accepted.

    KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Fort Myers Beach Kiwanis Club is now accepting scholarship applications from students in the 33931 zip code area for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applications can be found at fortmyersbeachkiwanis.org The $2,000 scholarships are renewable. The Dr. Leroy Hommerding Memorial Scholarship, worth $5,000, is awarded to the graduating senior with the highest GPA. First time applications must be received by March 27, 2020. Renewal applications must be received by June 1, 2020. Scholarship winners are invited to attend any Kiwanis meeting as their guest. Upcoming Beach Kiwanis meetings will be held at 7:30am at Bonita Bill’s, 702 Fisherman’s Wharf, on March 6 and March 20. For more information on scholarships, contact Paula at pmcfmb2003@yahoo.com or text
    239-691-5381

    JOIN THE 2020 CENSUS TEAM

    The Census Bureau is looking for nearly a thousand applicants to work as part-time, temporary, Lee County Census Takers this spring and summer. Set your own hours. Pay is $18/hour – up to 40 hours/week and 58 cents/mile. Paid training in March. Apply at 2020Census.gov/jobs  And for everyone, when you receive your census in the mail, be sure to complete & return it. Results determine the amount of federal funds our community receives for roads, schools, hospitals, EMS, Public Safety, Disaster Relief, etc. for the next 10 years.

    SHRIMP FEST SCHEDULE

    It’s time to mark your calendar for the biggest event of the year! The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club 62nd Annual Shrimp Festival will take place March 14 & 15. On SA Mar 14, the 5K Shrimp Run begins at 9am at Doc Ford’s with the Parade at 10am. On SU Mar 15, the 6th annual Shrimp Eating Championship will be held at Noon, followed by the Shrimp Queen Pageant at 1pm. Note the Pageant will be on Sunday. The Art Fair & Food Expo and the Lions Shrimp Dinners will be open both SA & SU from 10am – 5pm.  The first event of the festival is the Kids Shrimp Run held on SA Mar 7 beginning at 8am on the beach at Gulf Beach Road, across from the former Topps location, south of Town Hall. Each grade will run separately with t-shirts to all participants and awards to the top 3 boys and girls in each grade, K-5. The Matanzas Bridge will close on SA Mar 14 at 9am until about noon. For more details on any Shrimp Festival event, visit fmbshrimpfest.com

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

    The 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on MO Mar 16 this year due to the local election on Mar 17. The 21st annual Parade begins at 10am. Parade entrants must contact Parade Coordinator Ray Murphy for information on registration and fees. 239-591-8803 or raymurphy870@gmail.com. Parade entrants meet at Santini Marina Plaza between 8:30-9am and the parade will begin at 10am, marching north on Estero Blvd about one mile to the Church of the Ascension. The parade will include color guards, civic, business and neighborhood groups, floats and musical entries. All are welcome to participate. Estero Blvd will be closed from 9:45am-11am on Mar 16 by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who needs to leave the island using that stretch of road that morning should make plans to leave before 9:30am.