MEET THE LIBRARY ARTIST
The FMB Library will host a “Meet The Artist” session with the Beach Library Artist of the Month for June and July, Berry van Boekel, on FR June 7 at 2pm. His exhibit, The Top 100, features about two dozen paintings based on The Top 100 musical artists he selects each year, with this exhibit focusing on the years 2012 to 2014. To view the exhibit, visit the Beach Library’s 3rd Floor Gallery through WE July 31. The Library is open MO – FR from 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. For more information, see www.fmb.lib.fl.us or call 239-765-8162. To check out more of Berry’s works, see berrystop100.blogstop.com.
BATTLE ON THE BLUEWAY
The 5th annual Battle on the Blueway will take place on SA June 8 at Crescent Beach Park. This competitive race event for paddling enthusiasts includes events for standup paddleboarders (SUP) as well as kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf skis. Events include 7-mile and 2-mile races plus a Special Olympics Unified Fun Race. First race is at 9am. The unified relay race is approximately 10:45am. More than 100 paddlers attended the 2018 event. Local participants are welcome, but there will be no race day registration. To register visit paddleguru.com and search for Battle on the Blueway. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics – Lee County SUP Team.
Chapel by the Sea Presbyterian Church will host its monthly Spaghetti Dinner on SA June 8 from 5-7pm. Come join this friendly community dinner, open to all. Menu features spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs, spicy sausage w/peppers and onions, salad, garlic bread, beverages and dessert, all for just $10/person. Children 10 and under free. Wine tickets 2 for $5.
WORLD OCEANS DAY
On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Lovers Key State Park will host a World Oceans Day Celebration on June 9 from 10am-2pm at the South Beach area. Games and activities will be setup near the Gazebo. Nature tours and programs will begin at the Gazebo. Included will be Junior Ranger Activity Kits, Bird Scavenger Hunt and Beach Games. A Wrack Line Walk will be held at 10:30am; Sensational Sharks Talk at 11:30am; Sea Turtle Talk at 12:30pm and Magnificent Manatees Talk at 1:30pm. All activities and programs are free with park admission.
The next program in the free “Friends of the Matanzas Pass Preserve Summer Story & Speaker Series” is TU, June 11, when Jason Boeckman presents “Conservation in Your Community: Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 Program,” to share how conservation works for you! The Lee County Conservation 20/20 Program provides residents and visitors access to nearly 30,000 acres of nature preserves to enjoy hiking trails, wildlife observation, and outdoor activities. The Speaker Series is the second Tuesday of each month through October at Tuckaway Café at 2301 Estero Boulevard. Program begins at 5:30pm for social fellowship and to purchase food or drinks from Tuckaway, with the speaker beginning at 6pm. For information, contact Vicki Little at 239-470-9715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDISON FORD LECTURE
The June volunteer meeting, June 11 from 10 – 11:30am, at Edison Ford Museum will feature Program Manager Bobby Feldman discussing his recent trip to Egypt and Jordan. Volunteer meetings are free and open to the public, current and potential volunteers. Call 239-335-3694 for more information.
MASTERS OF THE STRING QUARTET
Join Dr. Thomas M. Cimarusti, Associate Professor of Musicology at FGCU for this special introduction to the intimate genre of string quartets on TU June 11 from 10 – 11:30am at Shell Point Community. Examine how earlier works influenced some of the great masters such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Tickets $10 by calling 239-489-8472.
KEEP LEE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL
Join Keep Lee County Beautiful for a complimentary breakfast and Open House Networking Session at Tuckaway Café, 2301 Estero Blvd, FMB, on WE, June 12 from 7:30 – 9am. Get to know KLCB and learn about their FMB projects. Bring a friend.
On WE, June 12 at 7pm in the Grand Cypress Room at the Shell Point Community, the Gulfshore Tenors will perform, for their fifth year in Southwest Florida, a diverse repertoire of musical selections including standard love songs of the 20th century like “Unchained Melody,” “Nella Fantasia” and “Sway” – all songs made famous by singers such as Il Divo, Andy Williams and Elvis Presley. Open to the public. Tickets $20 available at shellpoint.org/summer or by phone 239-454-2067.
CAPTAINS FOR CLEAN WATER
Support the Captains for Clean Water in June by participating in Drag Queen Bingo on Tuesday nights at the Nauti Parrot Dock Bar, beginning at 7:30pm. Reservations are recommended by calling 239-314-5667. Captains for Clean Water is a grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for clean water and healthy estuaries across South Florida through science-based solutions.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of mail theft from USPS boxes on FMB. Checks were taken, chemically washed and rewritten in higher amounts. The LCSO recommends using a gel pen as ballpoint ink can be easily washed from a check. Take mail with checks directly to the Post Office. Use plain white envelopes to mail checks. Do not use return envelopes with business logos. Bank online. Monitor bank activity. Call 911 if you see suspicious activity near any mailbox. If you have been the victim of mail theft, call the Postal Inspectors Service at 877-876-2455.
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 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:
FR June 7: 10:30am-Family Matinee at the Library, “X-men First Class”
MO June 10: 10:30am-Wiindows 10,pre-register
TU June 11: 10-11am-Dog Day kids’ reading, pre-register
WE June 12: 10:30am-Library Tour, pre-register
TU June 18: 10:30am-Book Discussion, “The Allure of Immortality” by Lyn Milner
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 June 8: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour;10am-Fun with Pottery; 11am & 2pm–Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
TU June 11: 9am-Beach Walk at Newton Park (beach conditions permitting); 10am-Cool Calusa Tools; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour; 1pm-Guided Museum Tour
WE June 12: 8am-Family Fun Kayak Tour; 1pm – Guided Museum Tour; 2pm-Shell Mound Tour
TH June 13: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour
SA June 15: 8am-Mangroves by Kayak Tour; 10am-Family Adventures; 11am & 2pm-Shell Mound Tour;1pm – Guided Museum Tour;
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK
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:
FR June 7 – Sea Turtle Talk
WE June 12 – Beginning Photography
FR June 14 – Walk on the Wild Side
TU June 18 – Fishing Clinic
WE June 19 – Sea Turtle Talk
FR June 21 – Gopher Tortoise Program
HURRICANE RE-ENTRY PASSES
Hurricane Season begins June 1. Fort Myers Beach residents and businesses may obtain a hurricane re-entry pass at Town Hall. In the event of an evacuation, passes may be required to re-enter the island. If you have a Purple (resident) or Yellow (business) pass, they are valid for the 2019 season. If you do not already have one of those, pick up an application at Town Hall or online at The Town of Fort Myers Beach website. Applicants will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of residency. For details on what proof is needed, call 239-765-0202 or see website. Passes will not be mailed this year, so stop in Town Hall to get yours!
The 6th Annual FMB Chamber Bowling Bash will be held on July 18 from 4-9pm at Beach Bowl. Enter a team of up to 6 players and play from 5-7pm or 7-9pm. Cost is $75/team or $14/individual or $10 gallery ticket for non-players. Open to the public. Prizes for each round, plus free food and a cash bar. Contact the Chamber for registration information, 239-454-7500.