Keep up with what’s happening on Fort Myers Beach! Check out these events and be sure to read the SAND LIFE Entertainment Magazine for everything going on! The Island Sand Paper and SAND LIFE magazine are always available FREE online at FortMyersBeach.News.
BATTLE ON THE BLUEWAY
The 3rd Annual Battle on the Blueway returns to Fort Myers Beach on SA June 10. The Battle on the Blueway is a competitive race event for paddling enthusiasts with over $10,000 in prize money. It is held at Crescent Beach Family Park and will include events for standup Paddleboarders (SUPS) as well as kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf-skis. The event is a World Paddle Association sanctioned points race that includes a 7-mile and 2-mile races, sprints, a free Calusa Kids Fun Race and a Special Olympics Fun Race. More than 120 paddlers attended last year’s event. The event is free for spectators who will find a good view of the races from the shore or the pier. A demonstration and vendor area will be available for those who wish to try out a surfski or paddleboard. The after-party will be held at Pete’s Time Out from 6:30-10pm. All Battle on the Blueway proceeds benefit Special Olympics-Lee County SUP Team. To race, pre-registration is required. Visit paddleguru.com to find registration information.
Join Fish Tale Marina in celebrating National Marina Day on SA June 10 from 10am-1pm. Fun for the whole family. Free hot dogs and a free fishing pole to the first 25 kids! Enjoy Ostego Bay Foundation Aquatic Touch Tank and learn more about Estero Bay from the Estero Bay Buddies. Also exhibiting will be the Lee County Sheriff Marine Unit. Watch for a special visit from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! Discounted one-hour bay cruises for just $15/adult from 11:30am-3pm. Kids free with paying adult. 239-463-3600.
Join Island friends and family at Chapel by the Sea for an Italian Spaghetti Dinner on SA June 10 from 5-7pm in Silver Hall. On the menu: Spaghetti, meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers & onion, salad, garlic bread, dessert, cold drinks & coffee. $10 adults; $5 Public Safety Personnel in uniform or with ID; kids free. Everyone welcome. Proceeds benefit fund for kitchen renovation.
HOME HEALTH CARE
Learn how to maintain your independence in your own home on TU June 13 from 9:30-11am. Director of Clinical Operations of Home Health Services for Lee Health Cathy Brady RN will explain the details of home health care, telehealth monitoring at home and free lifeline services. RSVP to email@example.com or call 239-463-3173 x 20.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will give a sea turtle presentation on WE June 14 at 11am at Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Learn about Fort Myers Beach’s nesting sea turtles as well as proper beach lighting techniques and technology. The presentation is FREE and will be given at Bay Oaks Recreation Center at 2731 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach.
The need for blood donations rises in the summer just as snowbird donors head north. Can you donate blood this month? Blood drives are scheduled in our area:
MO June 19 from 1-4pm at Hampton Inn & Suites, 11281 Summerlin Square, FMB
TU June 20 from 9:30am-3:30pm at Key West Express, 1200 Main St, FMB
TH June 29 from 7:30-11:30am at FMB Fire Station #31, 3043 Estero Blvd, FMB
TH June 29 from 12:30-3:30pm at Santini Marina Plaza, 7205 Estero Blvd, FMB
Beach Elementary School is participating in the federal Summer Food Service Program, “Summer Breakspot.” Any child age 18 and younger can receive a free meal at any Breakspot location. No forms, no cost. From June 5 through July 28, excluding July 4th, lunch will be offered at Beach School from 11am-12pm each Monday-Friday. It’s totally free, no sign up required. An adult must accompany children. For more information on Beach School Breakspot call 239-463-7430. Other locations serving on the same dates include Harlem Heights Elementary School at 15570 Hagie Dr, Fort Myers, offering breakfast from 9-9:30am MO-FR and lunch from 11am-12:30pm. Call 570-939-2959 for more Harlem Heights info. Also Lakes Park at 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers will offer lunch from 12-12:30pm and a snack from 3-3:30pm. Call 239-826-4233 for more Lakes Park info.
KEY WEST EXPRESS BLOOD DRIVES
Key West Express hosts 2 blood drives each year to support the much needed blood supply for our community. The 2017 drives will be held June 20 and Aug 22 from 9:30am until 3:30pm at the Key West Express main office at 1200 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach. All donors will receive goodie bags with discounts and coupons from local participating businesses, be entered to win 2 free Key West Express round trip tickets and receive a Key West Express summer savings coupon! Participating business partners include Tuckaway Café, Salty Crab, Fish Tale Marina, American Legion Fort Myers Beach, Parrot Key, Sight-Sea-R Cruises and Nervous Nellies. Consider giving the gift of life.
SENIOR SAFETY SEMINARS
Get to know your LCSO (Lee County Sheriff’s Office) through their summer series of educational seminars featuring a public safety topics presented by members of their specialty law enforcement units. The seminars are held at United Healthcare Medicare Store, 6900 Daniels Parkway, Unit 23-C in Daniel’s Crossing Shopping Center. Each session begins at 10am lasts about an hour with time for Q & A. Register now to be sure you don’t’ miss these remaining Senior Safety Seminars: June 27-Calling 911 during a hurricane (Communications Unit); July 25-ID Theft-How vulnerable are you?; August 1-SS Benefits Hacking-Are your benefits safe?; August 29-Home Improvement Fraud-What you need to know; Sept 5-Residential Security-Are you a target? And Sept 26-Cell Dogs-Meet the dogs and learn how they are trained. Seating is limited so reserve your seat today by calling
4TH OF JULY PARADE
Enter now to be part of this American tradition right here on Fort Myers Beach! The parade starts at 10am on Bay Rd and heads toward the Matanzas Pass Bridge. Enter with your friends, family, business or neighborhood! Afterwards join the Parks & Rec Dept in Times Square for patriotic crafts, a watermelon-eating contest and American trivia. For more information on the parade email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beach Pool, located at Bay Oaks Recreation Center is now open 7 days a week. MO-SA 10am-6pm and SU noon-6pm. The inflatable Aqua Glide Obstacle course will be in the pool June 30-July 2. During the summer, it will be in place the first and last weekends of each month FR-SU. Water Aerobics is offered every MO, WE & FR from 9-10am. Cost is $4 for Bay Oaks members; $6 for non-members. Open Lap Swim is offered each Sunday at 10am. For more information call 239-463-5759.
Summer Saturday Swim lessons will be offered June 10-July 15 and July 29-Sept. 2. Weekday lessons began June 5. Additional weekday swim lessons will be offered June 26-July 7 and July 17-27. Cost for lessons is just $20 courtesy of the Beach Kiwanis, “Every Child a Swimmer” program, which pays half of the fee. For more information and class times call the pool 239-463-5759.
PROTECT OUR TURTLES
It’s turtle nesting season on our beach. Please do your part to protect the turtles, nests and hatchlings when they emerge! Shield your lights so that they are not visible from anywhere on the beach. Better yet, replace existing bulbs with Amber LED bulbs! Find lights here: bit.ly/turtlelites. Stack or remove beach furniture. Remove beach litter. Keep pets on a leash. Stay far away from any turtles or marked nests you may encounter! Fill in any holes you dig in the sand. Please remember, your actions can mean life or death to endangered sea turtles! Report injured turtles by calling Turtle Time at 239-481-5566. Turtletime.org
FREE GUIDED BEACH WALK
Explore the natural treasures on Fort Myers Beach through a guided walk along the shore every TU at 9am. Participants meet at Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd. Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, shoes and hats. Tours ~ 1 hour, weather permitting. 239-765-0865