Tour Mound Key, Take a Boating Class and More!

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    TOUR MOUND KEY

    Join the Mound House educators for a tour of the Mound House and Mound Key, Capital of the Calusa Indians. On SU Feb 9 from 1:30 – 4:45pm, this tour begins at Fish Tale Marina as you board the Estero Bay Express for a boat ride to first the Mound House, then Mound Key. Learn about the rich Calusa history and new discoveries about this ancient people. Tour requires walking over rough terrain. Mound House Museum admission included. Cost: $55/person (MH members $50) Weather permitting. Reservations required at moundhouse.org Future Mound Key Tours are scheduled for Feb 27, Mar 9 & 27 and Apr 11 & 27.

    LIBRARY ARTISTS

    Stop by the Beach Library third floor Commons to view the amazing photography of the February Artists of the Month, the Fort Myers Camera Club. Art will be on display from Feb 3 -28. Be sure to vote for your favorite photo. A “Meet the Artists” Reception will be held on TU Feb 11 from 3-5pm. www.ftmyerscc.com

    BLUEWAY SPEAKER

    Lee County Parks & Recreation offers a Calusa Blueway monthly speaker this season. On TU, Feb 4 at 6:30pm, Joanne Semmer will be the guest speaker, presenting, “Curious Tales of the Lee County Waterways.” The speaker series is free and held at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers.  For more information or directions, call 239-432-2154.

    MEDICAL SPEAKER

    The Shell Point 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series continues with a presentation by Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy on “What is it and How It Can Improve Healthcare.” The latest advances in medicine, considering individual factors, especially genetic, and making decision about health care. TU Feb 4 at 7pm in the Village Church Auditorium, Shell Point. Free and open to the public.

    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, call 239-466-4040 or visit www.scbps.com Upcoming classes include:

    -America’s Boating Class – Feb 1 & 8

    -Local Waters; Local Charts – Feb 15.

    SHRIMP DINNER

    Enjoy our area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink Shrimp, at the monthly Shrimp Dinner offered at Historic St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, 5601 Williams Dr. on SA, Feb 1 from 5-7 p.m. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Soda, beer & wine tickets are included. $20. Future dates: Mar 7 and Apr 4.

    BAY OAKS SOCIAL SENIORS

    Are you a member of Bay Oaks Social Seniors (BOSS)? They are an active group with road trips, games and theater trips available for those age 50 and up. Game Day with Mahjong, dominoes, etc is held every MO, TU, TH & FR. Free to BOSS members; $5/nonmembers. Call 239-765-4222 for more information. Upcoming BOSS activities include:

    Feb 4 – Bike Trip on Marco Island

    Feb 12 – River Cruise on Caloosahatchee

    Feb 14 – Sock Hop

    Feb 19 – “Kinky Boots” at Broadway Palms

    Feb 25 – Kayak Trip at Manatee Park

    Feb 29 – Health Day

    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 Feb 6 Charlie McCoy is featured in the concert that begins at 4:15pm. One of the most in-demand session players in Nashville, his session credits are literally a who’s who of country music. Roy Schneider and Kim Mayfield will also perform. Prior to the concert, Food Truck vendors will be on site offering food and beverage options with apportion of sale supporting the future Welcome & Discovery Center. Free with park entry fees. Bring a chair or blanket.

     GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

    Beach United Methodist Church hosts a GriefShare Support Group. They meet on Mondays from 1-3pm in the Fellowship Hall. Anyone who has lost a loved one who would benefit from a loving compassionate group to help deal with their loss is welcome to attend. Join the group at any time. For more information call 239-463-9656. 155 Bay Rd, FMB.

     CRAFT FAIR

    Siesta Bay RV Resort will host a Craft Fair on FR Feb 7 from 9am to noon in Primero Hall. Over 50 vendors to browse. The Café will be open from 7am -2pm for breakfast and lunch. Their next Craft Fair will be on March 13. 19333 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers.

    OPEN HOUSE

    The Fort Myers Beach Fire Department invites the public to join them for an Open House on SA Feb 8 from 10am -12noon at Station 33, 121 Lenell Rd, FMB. Light refreshments will be provided. The department’s new Ladder Truck 33 will be on display. Station 33 is also the location of the department’s 9-11 Memorial.

    HISTORIC SOCIETY SPEAKER

    Join the Estero Island Historic Society on MO, Feb 10 at 7pm at St. Raphael’s Church for the February speaker, Dr. Darren Rumbold, Program Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute and Professor with Vester Marine & Environmental Science Research Field Station at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Rumbold will present, “The Evolution of South Florida’s Water Quality Issues” covering from 1881 to the present. Open to the public. No admission charged, but donations welcome.

    PENNING & LANGFORD

    Shell Point’s Concerts & Conversations series continues pm WE Feb 12 at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room at Shell Point, with this concert by Soprano Diane Penning and tenor and pianist Paul Langford. Enjoy a musical journey with a remarkable variety of great music from Broadway, Gershwin, Cole Porter and more. Guests can enjoy fellowship  with the performers and a dessert reception following the concert. Tickets $30 at shellpoint.org/concerts or by phone 239-454-2067.

    SUNSET SINGALONG

    Have you participated yet in a Sunset Singalong? They’re held every TH from 5pm to sunset in Bowditch Point Park. Acoustically led classics from Motown, 60’s classics and more. Bring a chair. Warm up begins at 4 :45pm. Free activity; parking is $2/hr.

    MOUND HOUSE LECTURE

    The Mound House Lecture Series continues on TU Feb 11 with Dave Scheidecker, Research Coordinator for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Seminole Tribe of Florida will speak on, “Seminoles of Florida.” Refreshments at 5:30pm; Lecture at 6pm. Cost $10/person ($5/MH members) Cash at door. Limited seating, Reservations required by calling 239-765-0865, Lectures are held on the 2nd TU each month through April. 451 Connecticut. Overflow parking at 216 Connecticut.

    VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE

    Join the Beach United Methodist Church on FR Feb 14 at 6pm for a Valentine’s Dinner Dance. The public is invited and a buffet will be available. Pastor Ivan will be the music DJ for this fun evening of food and dancing. $12/person. Call 239-463-9656 to reserve tickets or for more information.

    VALENTINE’S DAY SOCK HOP

    The Sock Hop is back. Head to Bay Oaks on FR Feb 14 to enjoy an evening of Great Music, Dancing, Food, Drinks and Nostalgia from 6-9pm, presented by BOSS. Beer & wine available for purchase. Come dance the night away! Proceeds benefit Bay Oaks programs. Tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Everyone is welcome!  For details call
    239-765-4222.

    VALENTINES DINNER DANCE

    The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will host their annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance on SA Feb 15 in the Parish Hall, 6025 Estero Blvd. Doors open at 5:30pm.  Enjoy a catered dinner and dancing to the music of Sanchez Entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Ascension Knights of Columbus local charities. Tickets $30 per person and are available at the gazebo after weekend masses, at the door or by calling George at 630-546-4801 or Jim at 937-545-4751.

    KEYS COMEDY     

    St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church will host a BBQ dinner show with Jimmy Keys Comedy Concert at St. Raphael Comfort Hall on SA Feb 15, doors open at 5:45pm. Dinner and show $55. For tickets call 239-463-6057 or visit www.StRaphaelsChurch.org.

    FMB YACHT CLUB

    The local Yacht Club welcomes the public to a half-price Happy Hour & Social at Bayfront Bistro on MO, Feb 17 from 3-6pm. Come see what this long-time local boat club has to offer with year round social and boating activities. Boat not required.

    HIGH ROLLIN’

    Get your tickets now for the Beach School PTO fundraiser, “High Rollin’” on SA Feb 22 from 6-10pm on the FMB Woman’s Club grounds. Tickets begin at $60 for general admission with VIP tables of 8 for $600. General admission tix offer $10K in “funny money”, appetizers, gaming, prizes & dancing with a cash bar. VIP tickets offer $15K in “funny money”, free champagne, table seating, valet parking and more. Don’t miss this fun gaming experience that benefits Beach Elementary School. Tickets at highrollinonthebeach.eventsmart.com

    CO-ED SOFTBALL 

    Want to get outside and have some fun? Join the slow pitch softball group that gathers at the Bay Oaks field on TU and TH at 9:30am. No glove needed. Men & women  of all ages welcome. Let’s have some fun! Questions? Call Perry 239-281-0752.