Mound House Tours

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.   Edit   Delete

Waterfront Tours

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.   Edit   Delete

Kiwanis Bogo Books

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.    Edit   Delete

Summer Art Show

The Summer Art Show will be on display through October 17th at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery at Donora and Shell Mound. Summer Gallery Hours are WE and TH 9am-noon. Free admission.    Edit   Delete

Estero Bay Wading Trip

Three summer wading trips in Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve will allow participants to discover the importance of estuaries as "cradles of the ocean.” Trips offered May 6, June 4 and Aug 20. Wade into mudflats and seagrass beds at low tide to view the many plants and animals that call the estuary home. Must wear closed toe shoes that can get wet and shorts or a swimsuit. Free but space is limited. Register by calling Jackie at 239-463-3240.    Edit   Delete

Tarpon Hunters

The Fort Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club, the oldest tarpon fishing club in the world, invites anyone interested in joining their fun, family oriented club to come to their monthly meeting on WE July 1st at 7pm at Bonita Bill’s. This club believes in conservation and fish are released, preferably without being taken out of the water when caught. The club has a couple of tarpon hunts coming up in July. www.fmbthc.com    Edit   Delete

4th Of July

10:00 am Parade from Bay Oaks to Time Square.

 

1-6 pm Live Music in Time Square by The Troublemakerz

 

2:00 pm 2ndAnnual Hot Dog Eating Contest in Time Square.

Men, Women and Children Divisions. $100 prize.

 

6-10 pm Live Music in Time Square by High Tide

 

Dusk Fireworks from the Pier (approx. 9:00-9:30pm)

 

Note that the Matanzas Bridge will be closed from 9:30am-noon for the parade. It will be closed to oncoming traffic from 9:30-11pm to allow traffic to exit after the fireworks show.

 

To participate in the Parade or Hot Dog Eating Contest, call Bay Oaks at 239-765-4222.    Edit   Delete

Morning Meander

A Nature Walk with a Bird Patrol Guide is offered on SA July 4 at 8am at Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. This easy walk offers the opportunity to see birds in native vegetation with experienced guides pointing out the many bird species in Lakes Park. Free with paid parking. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. For more information call 239-533-7580.    Edit   Delete

Ottoman Empire

The country of Turkey has played a pivotal role throughout the history of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In a 2-part series, Professor Adrian Kerr will investigate the most famous milestones of Turkey’s long journey on the world’s stage. Session One will be July 7 at 10am; Session Two July 14 at 10am. $10/session. Advance registration required. Shell Point Village 239-489-8472.    Edit   Delete

Summer Concert

The Shell Point Summer Concert Series continues with a patriotic program by the River City Brass Ensemble on FR July 10 at 7:30pm in the Village Church on The Island at Shell Point. River City Brass Ensemble is an eight-piece band with a unique repertoire and virtuoso musicians. They will be accompanied by world-renowned tuba soloist Dr. James Gourlay. Tickets $20 and available at shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 239-454-2067.    Edit   Delete