Turtle Trot, Art Quilters and More

    Around and About the Island



    Head to Lovers Key State Park this Saturday, May 11 to participate in the Turtle Trot 5K Run & Walk and Family Fun Day. The 5K begins at 8am. Race Day registration is $40 and begins at 7am. Don’t forget the Fun Run for kids! Fun Day activities after the Turtle Trot will offer kayak, paddleboard, bike and other rentals to enjoy the hiking, biking and water trails in the park. Music, prizes and other surprises round out the day. 


    Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will host a community Spaghetti Dinner on SA May 11 from 5-7pm On the menu will be Spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, Spicy Sausage and Peppers & Onions, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and beverages. Tickets $10 adult/kids 10 and under free. Wine tickets 2 for $5. 100 Chapel St., FMB. 


    On TH May 16 beginning at 6pm, enjoy beautiful Bunche Beach, an excellent birding site with a Bird Patrol Guide. Bunche is an excellent spot for both migrant and resident waders and shorebirds working the mudflats at low tide. Also warblers, waterfowl and raptors. Free with paid parking ($2/hour) For more info call 707-3015.


    The Bay Oaks Social Seniors (BOSS) have a variety of events scheduled for May. Most are open to anyone wishing to join the fun: TH May 16- Trip to Broadway Palms to see “Little Shop of Horrors” Van leaves at 11am. Cost $62; WE May 29-Join the Out to Lunch Bunch for a trip to The Bubble Room on Captiva. Van leaves at 11am. $4 plus lunch cost. Learn more about BOSS by calling Bay Oaks Rec Center 239-765-4222.


    The Mound House “What’s in the Water?” project needs volunteers to collect water samples at assigned locations on the Island on Saturday, May 18 between 10 and 11am. To register as a volunteer, go to bit.ly/watertest2019 For more information contact Mound House Education Coordinator Penny Jarrett at 239-634-7602.


    Turtle nesting season is May – October. Beachfront homeowners are asked to do their part to protect our nesting and newly hatched turtles. Turtles are disoriented by lights shining on the beach. Shield your outdoor lights or replace the bulbs with Amber LED bulbs. Turtles cannot see amber LED lighting, but humans can. Turtle-friendly lights are now available at Town Hall or at bit.ly/lites4turtles. If you walk on the beach at night, DO NOT use a flashlight or your cell phone! If you rent your condo or home near the beach, change outdoor bulbs now and leave instructions to close the drapes after sunset to prevent light from shining on the beach. Remove or stack beach furniture close to the building. Remove all beach litter. Fill in all holes you dig on the beach. Your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles. For more information on sea turtles visit TurtleTime.org.


    Each Friday and Saturday, free Sunset Celebration concerts from 5-10pm fill Times Square offering an entertaining musical backdrop to a spectacular sunset. On FR May 10 & 17, High Tide will play; SA May 11 Wildlins will entertain and on SA May 18 Danny Shepard & Friends. Show is pet and kid friendly. Stop by and enjoy the beach, restaurants, street performers, cold beverages and a beautiful sunset! Sunset Celebrations are sponsored by The Times Square Merchant & Event Association, The Town of Fort Myers Beach and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.


    The 2019 Lee County Delicious Dining Discounts Book from the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Gateway to the Islands is now available for just $28 online (fortmyersbeach.org) or $25 at the FMB Chamber, Bennett Chiropractic, Gavin’s Ace Hardware, FMB Kiwanis Thrift Store, or the UPS Store at Summerlin & San Carlos Blvd. The book offers BOGO (By One, Get One) dining discounts at 56 area restaurants, including  a dozen FMB locations. Most are valid through Nov 15, so pick up yours soon. The project supports Kiwanis youth-related projects and local children in need.


    Anyone with property near or on the beach should replace all exterior light bulbs with amber LED light bulbs to comply with state and local laws designed to protect nesting sea turtles. Amber lightbulbs can be purchased at Town Hall for $8.50 each during office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm. Wildlife friendly lighting is also available from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com.


    The Fort Myers Beach Pool offers three different water exercise programs. Water Aerobics is available MO, WE & FR at 9am; Aqua Walking is held on TU & TH at 9am and Aqua Strength on MO, WE & FR at 10am. Each session is $4 for members/$6 for non-members. 239-462-8184.


    Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) will hold their next meeting on SA May 11 at 12:30pm at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers. AQU is a group of artists interested in sharing fiber arts knowledge, supporting creativity through workshops and expanding the appreciation of our work with community and regional exhibits. All are welcome – novice to expert. Meetings are held the second Saturday of the following months:  January, February, March, May, July, September and November. For more information visit www.artquiltersunlimited.com.


    The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery is located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound Blvd.) Hours are WE & TH 9am – noon. Free admission. Now showing: Summer Art Show. 239-463-3909; www.fortmyersbeachart.com


    The Lee County Sheriff’s Office invites residents to dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications using an anonymous and secure lock box at their substations. The West District substation is located at 15650 Pine Ridge Rd, Fort Myers. Bring medications in a sealed plastic bag any Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm. No sharps or needles accepted. Anyone who needs a sharps disposal box, can pick one up at any FMB Fire Station.


    The Fort Myers Beach Library is a great place to visit. Browse the library’s many collections, use the computers, read newspapers, visit the Friends Used Bookstore or the artwork on the 3rd floor. The Library is open MO-FR 9am-5pm and SA 9am-1pm. 239-765-8162. Upcoming programs include:

    TU May 14: 10:30am-Windows 10 (pre-register); 2:15-3:15pm-Dog Day for Kids (pre-register)

    TU May 21: 10:30am-Book Discussion, “The Allure of Immortality” by Lyn Milner.

    WE May 22: 10:30am-Shell Making Activity (pre-register)

    FR May 24: 10:30am-Piano Music Recital


    The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach with a historical museum inside and beautiful grounds outside including an observation pier, kayak launch and amazing back bay views. Grounds open sunrise to sunset. Museum is open TU, WE & SA 9am-4pm. Located at 451 Connecticut St. with overflow parking at 216 Connecticut. Call for exact times on kayak tours, costs, reservations and additional information. 239-765-0865. Upcoming programs include: 

    SA May 11: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour.

    TU May 14: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Gardens Walking Tour; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour

    WE May 15: 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm–Shell Mound Tour

    FR May 17: 6:30pm-Sunset Kayak Tour

    SA May 18: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Shell Mound Tour.


    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:

    WE May 15 – Sensational Sharks

    FR May 17 – Sea Turtle Talk

    FR May 24 – Manatee Talk


    The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on FR June 7 at The Spring Run Golf Club in  Bonita Springs. Open to the public. Registration is $100/person or $350/team and includes an 18-hole round, BBQ lunch, amazing prizes and raffles. Sponsorships still available. To register contact the Chamber at 239-454-7500 or events@fmbchamber.com


    The Beach Kids Foundation is now accepting applications for its Scholarship Program. Applications are available by emailing Beachkidsfoundation@gmail.com or by calling
    239-980-0661 or 239-297-3500. All applications must be submitted by May 31, 2019. The Scholarship Award ceremony will be held June 17 at the Lani Kai Resort.