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.
Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts 2015 Concert Series begins TH Jan 22 with
an Al Holland Concert from 7-9pm. All concerts are held in the Fish Tale Marina
Propeller Lounge. Other concerts in the series: Edison Brass Band on Feb 5,
Speedbumps Rockabilly Band on Feb 19 and Jo List & Friends on Mar 5.
Tickets are $25/concert or $89 for the series if purchased before Jan 16 at the
Fish Tale Marina office.
Waterfront Barbecue will host their 5th annual Pennsylvania Day on
WE, Jan 28th starting at noon. Live entertainment from 12-4pm with
music, dancing, raffles, food & drink specials plus Philly cheesesteaks and
Yuengling beer. Watch for these other state days: Buffalo/Rochester – Feb 4; Ohio – Feb 11;
Michigan – Feb 18; Wisconsin – Feb 25; Illinois – Mar 4; Canada – Mar 11; Iowa
– Mar 18 and Minnesota – Mar 25.
self-defense class for women only will be offered on WE from 9-11am from
Feb 4-Mar 11. This 12-hour free class is the largest women’s self-defense
training in the USA and Canada and is offered by Salus Care at Chapel by the
Sea Silver Hall, 100 Chapel St. To register call 239-463-3173 x 13
Waterfront Barbecue will host New York Day on WE, Feb 4th starting
at noon. Live entertainment from 12-4pm with music, dancing, raffles, food
& drink specials plus Zweigles hot dogs and Genesee beer. Watch for these
other state days: Ohio – Feb 11; Michigan – Feb 18; Wisconsin – Feb 25;
Illinois – Mar 4; Canada – Mar 11; Iowa – Mar 18 and Minnesota – Mar 25.
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
annual Art on the Boulevard Show & Sale will be held Feb 15-28 this year at
Century 21 TriPower Realty at 2001 Estero Blvd. Original artwork will be
available with prices starting at $35. An opening reception on Feb 15 will be
held from 11am-3pm. Meet 18 local artists and peruse framed and matted original
artwork. From Feb 16-28 Art on the Blvd will be open from 8:30am-5pm daily.
All you backyard BBQ chefs are invited to
participate in the 5th Annual Smokin’ in the Mangroves BBQ
Competition on SA Mar 7 from 9am-3pm at Santini Marina Plaza. All are welcome –
pros or backyard chefs. Pulled pork, ribs and wings divisions will be judged.
There will be Bluegrass music by the Bugtussle Ramblers, Arts & Crafts
vendors, a fresh market, local celebrity judges and a People’s Choice. Contact
Bonnie Roberts for more information 239-443-8810.