Experience old Florida at the Mound House where Estero Island's oldest standing structure sits on an ancient Calusa Indian Mound. Through archaeology and history 2,000 years of island life are revealed. Tours are available TU, WE and SA. Summer tour hours are 9am-noon, last tour at 11:30am. Meet at the picnic tables. Volunteers are needed. If you can help, call 239-765-0865.
The Marine Science Center offers weekly Working Waterfront Tours from 9am-12noon. Get a close up look at our local shrimping industry with this 3-hour guided tour. Learn about Florida’s "Pink Gold” and the oldest and largest shrimp fleet in Florida. Includes a 90 min. guided visit to the Museum and a 90 min. visit to the commercial fishing industry. Cost $15/adult; $10 for children over 6. 239-765-8101.
Each week Lee County Parks and the Town of Fort Myers Beach
offers free walks with a trained naturalist. No registration needed, just show
up and learn something about our environment. All walks are from 9:30-11am
unless otherwise noted.
MO-Life Along the Shore at Bunche Beach Preserve, 18201 John
Morris Rd. Free with paid parking.
TU-Barrier Island Ramble at Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd.
Free with paid parking
WE-Ethnobotany at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay Rd.; Beach
Walk at Newton House, 4650 Estero Blvd, 9am.
TH-Life in the Mangroves at Matanzas Pass Preserve, 199 Bay
FR-Barrier Island Ramble at Bowditch Point Park, 50
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 Mar 7
from 5-7pm. All you can eat GULF shrimp, homemade cole slaw, baked beans,
cornbread, beer, wine, soda and dessert. $20/per person. Raffle tickets
available for 50” Smart TV-drawing at last dinner on Apr 15.
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association invites
everyone to support the local arts and local student artists by attending the
Art Bazaar on SU, Mar 22 from 9am-3pm at Santini Marina
Plaza. FMBAA members will
offer original artwork and prints, including framed and unframed work, cards
and more. Proceeds from this sale support student scholarships. Artwork from
scholarship applicants will be displayed at the FMBAA Gallery at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd
Apr 11-16. A Reception at the gallery will be held on Apr 12 from 3-5pm. For
more information call 239-463-3909.
The Bay Oaks MAH JONGG group will meet for lunch at
Mr. Tequila's at noon on FR, Mar 27 followed by Mah Jongg at Bay Oaks. All
May Jongg players welcome. For more information call 712-490-6318.
Islanders are invited to
attend Cruiser Appreciation Day at Matanzas on the Bay parking lot on SA Mar 28
from noon to 3pm. Sponsored by the FMB Anchorage Advisory Committee in
cooperation with Matanzas on the Bay, the event invites cruisers using the town’s
mooring field and members of the public to stop by and enjoy live
entertainment, BBQ, door prizes, and friendly island hospitality.
Bay Oaks Recreation Center
is hosting a Craft Beer Festival on SA Mar 28 from 1-4pm on the tree-shaded grounds
of Bay Oaks. Benefiting the youth and teen programs of BORC, admission is $25
in advance at eventbrite.com or $30 at the door; $5 for designated drivers.
Live Music by Wilder Sons. Craft beer by Point Ybel, Fat Point, Momentum,
Lakeland, Fort Myers Brewing Co, Big Top, Sweetwater, Sea Dog, Florida Avenue
and Cape Coral Brewing Co.
FORGOTTEN WORLDS OF THE AMERICAS
excavations have uncovered a rich tapestry of forgotten civilizations. Join
Professor Adrian Kerr on TU Mar 31 at 10am in the Grand Cypress Room in the
Woodlands, Shell Point, on an exploration of the great civilizations of Central
and South America. Registration required. Tickets $10. 239-489-8472.
BAY OAKS - A children’s Easter Egg
Hunt will be held on SA Apr 4. Registration begins at 8am for ages infant to
12, with the hunt beginning at 9am at Bay Oaks. Hosted by the Beach Kids
Foundation, Red Coconut RV Pak, Bay Oaks Recreation Center and FMB Fire
District, Local 1826, this annual tradition brings out the little ones to
search for eggs. The Easter Bunny will attend the Egg Hunt. In preparation for
the hunt, there will be an egg stuffing party on WE Apr 1 beginning at 5:30pm
at the Red Coconut. All volunteers welcome to join the party!