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.
KIWANIS Buy One Get One Dining Books are now
available offering dining deals at 59 Lee County restaurants. Most coupons
valid April 15-Nov 15, 2015. Proceed benefit local children and community
charities. Books are available at FMB Chamber office, Kiwanis Thrift Store and
Gavin’s Ace Hardware.
The 9th Annual FMB Film Festival will
be held April 21-26 right here on FMB! Featuring a variety of compelling and
interesting films by independent filmmakers, plus workshops, the Film Festival
has something for everyone. On TH Apr 23 at 7pm "Big Hero 6” will be shown
poolside at Pink Shell. On FR Apr 24, there will be a free screening of "The
Avengers” at Outrigger Beach Resort. For more information see next week’s Sand
Paper or visit fmbfilmfest.com
Join the Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and the
geocaching community for a Trail Trimming CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) event at
Lovers Key State Park on SU Apr 26 8:30-11:30am in recognition of Earth Day and
International CITO weekend. CITO events include litter pick up, removing
invasive species, planting native species and maintaining trails. Register at www.geocaching.com or call 239-463-4588 for more
The 3rd Annual FMB Chamber Mini Masters
Golf Tourney will be held TU, Apr 29 from 4-8pm at Jungle Golf. Space limited
to only 18 teams with 8 players each, so register early. Prizes, raffles and
even mulligans. The 19th hole celebration will be at Skip One
Seafoods where Champions will be crowned. Cost $240/team. For more info or to
register visit fortmyersbeachminimasters.com or call the Chamber 239-454-7500.
The Jacaranda Festival invites local bars and
bartenders to be part of the Jacaranda Festival May 1-3 by participating in the
Jacaranda Cocktail Contest. Get creative, make it taste great, make it purple
and charge $5. It can be any kind of drink-frozen, on the rocks, a before or
after drink. Bartenders are encouraged to enter this fun contest, honoring the
beautiful Jacaranda tree, now blooming. One vote per drink. The bar with the
most votes wins a trophy presented at Taste of the Beach on May 3rd.
Contest begins this weekend. Ballot boxes delivered this weekend. To enter call
Barb Hill, Director Jacaranda Tree Fest 239-765-1965.
The 20th Annual Taste of the Beach
will be held on SA May 3. This popular food festival featuring the best of the
Beach includes ~ 20 restaurants plus a concert featuring Jo List & Friends.
Local restaurants serve samples of their signature dishes for purchase while
competing for Taste of the Beach Award honors. Admission is $5 for adults and
children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets are $1 each, with
the average offering costing ~ $5.
The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) will host the 10thAnnual Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K Run/Walk on SA May 9. Offering a unique trail
course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a
hard-packed shell path. (No beach sand running.) Following a dramatic finish at
the beach pavilion, refreshments will be served and awards presented. T-shirts
to first 500 registrants. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Lovers Key. $35 adults/
$25 youth (age 18 & under). Register at www.friendsofloverskey.org or stop by the Ranger
Station. 239-463-4588. Registration and packet pick up begins at 7am; Race
begins at 8am.