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April 2016 - Island Sand Paper
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Welcome to April on Fort Myers Beach!
Welcome to April on Fort
Myers Beach! Spring is a wonderful
time to be in paradise. With the
craziness of spring break gone, this
month is definitely a quieter, gentler
version of season, but there are still
plenty of fun things to do! First and
foremost, April is the month when
the stars come out – literally – at our
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
that begins on April 21st.
Check
out
all
the
beautifully restored muscle cars at
Santini Plaza on April 2nd, at the
Classic Car Cruise In and Annual
Snowbird Festival. There’ll be lots
of great eats, over 40 arts and crafts
vendors and much, much more.
Be sure and take the
opportunity to sample some of our
island’s ‘pink gold’ on April 2nd,
when St. Raphael’s Episcopal
Church holds it’s last All You Can
Eat Shrimp Dinner of the season.
One thing that is definitely
not to be missed is the Friends of
the Arts’ final concert of the 2016
season – Jo List and Friends –
on April 7th. The quality of these
shows are mind-blowing for a small
town like ours, and Jo’s event is the
#4 ON BEACH MAP
most popular of them all.
For golfers and wannabe-golfers, the Fort Myers Beach
Chamber of Commerce is hosting
their annual Mini Masters Golf
Tourney on April 19th at Jungle
Golf. More fun than a barrel of
monkeys!
Get in touch with your
inner self – AHA! A Holistic
Approach is offering a number of
options for spiritual cleansing this
month, including private Sound
Healing Sessions on April 20.
Party for a great cause
on April 24th at the first ever
‘Sound Wave Festival’ at Valerie’s
Lounge. Benefiting the Tabarinni
Foundation – which provides
musical instruments to kids whose
families can’t afford them – this
event will feature live music, raffles
and fun!
Spring has sprung! Happy
April!
Keri Hendry Weeg
WHAT’S INSIDE”
DAILY ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE, PGS 4 - 31
OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL PARKS, PG 5, 36
OYSTERS, 20 YEARS OF R&R, PG 7
10TH BEACH FILM FESTIVAL, PGS 10, 11
PROGRESS IN PARADISE, PG 12, 13
DINING GUIDE, PGS 20,21
BEACH MAP. PGS, 22, 23
MANATEES, PG 32
STREET PERFORMER HIGHLIGHT, PG 33
HOROSCOPES, PG 34
PUZZLES, PGS 35, 37
FUNNIES, PG 38
PUZZLEANSWERS, PG 38
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April 2016
The April 2016 Entertainment Guide
All Month
a collection of artifacts, photos
and memorabilia of life on Estero
Island. Open WE and SA10amNoon.
FORT MYERS BEACH
COMMUNITY POOL
2600 Oak Street. Open MO, WE,
FR & SA10am-6pm; SU Noon6pm. Water aerobics MO, WE &
FR 9am. Aqua Jogging SA 9am;
Swim Club, SA 10am. 463-5759
FORT MYERS BEACH ART
ASSOCIATION GALLERY
Open MO-SA, 10am-3pm; SU,
noon-3pm through April 19.
From April 20-mid-October,
hours are WE & TH 9am-noon.
Anything Goes Show closes April
8; Student Scholarship Show,
April 9-13; Summer Show opens
April 18. Located at the corner of
Donora and Shell Mound, 3030
Shell Mound. 463-3909. Free
entry.
BAY OAKS RECREATIONAL
CAMPUS Gym, tennis courts,
outdoor pool, exercise room,
senior activities and more.
Visitors welcome. Open MO-SA
with activities for individuals and
families. See Bay Oaks or pick up
a newsletter for a full schedule.
239-765-4222.
HISTORIC COTTAGE
Island museum located at 161
Bay Rd, at the entrance to
Matanzas Pass Preserve, houses
MOUND HOUSE Experience
Florida’s natural and cultural
history where Estero Island’s
oldest standing structure sits atop
an ancient Calusa Indian Mound.
The Mound House is a unique
archaeological and historical site
on Fort Myers Beach located
directly on Estero Bay and offers
a variety of programs for local
residents, visitors and school
groups. The William H. Case
House is now open - come see
all the new tours and check out
the museum store! Grounds open
sunrise to sunset at no charge;
Open TU-SA, 9am-4pm. 451
Connecticut Street.
FORT MYERS BEACH
LIBRARY Books, newspapers,
magazines, Wi-Fi, Lots to see
and do. Visitor card available.
Hours: MO, TU, TH & FR
9am-5pm; WE 9am-7pm; SA
9am-1pm.
Friday,
April 1
FARMERS MARKET
7:30-11:30am, Fort Myers Beach
Pool parking lot. Turn at School
St. Fresh vegetables, fruit, and
seafood are just some of the
items that will be available for
purchase at this year’s Fort
Myers Beach Farmers Market.
The market will also be host to
vendors selling a vast assortment
of fresh produce, live plants,
pickles and olives, barbeque,
kettle corn and organic dog
treats. For more information, call
239-765-4222.
BAY OAKS FITNESS
8am, Abs Toner; 8:30am,
Aerobics; 9am, Spin; 10:30am,
Senior Fitness; 6-9pm, Open
Basketball
ABS 61 9:15am, Beach Baptist
Church. 30-minute class offering
intense and challenging core
training. Offered MO, WE &
FR. $5/class. Instructor Sue
Anderson. 941-224-8467
LAUGHTER YOGA
8-9am. Lynn Hall Park (near
playground). Lift your mood
and laugh your stress away
with rhythmic clapping, mild
stretching, deep breathing
and laughter just for the health
of it. No yoga experience
needed. Bring towel. Free
with paid parking. www.
laughteryogawithmegscott.com,
614-216-9371
YOGA AT NEWTON PARK
8:15am, Gentle Flow - all
levels; 9:30am, Power Yoga
- intermediate to advanced.
Newton Park. $12 per class. Fort
Myers Beach Yoga, LLC. No
reservations needed. 239-2500288.
PROGRESSIVE BRIDGE 9:30am, FMB Woman’s Club,
175 Sterling Street. Open to
women/men. Two day advance
registration required. $5, Bring
lunch - drinks provided. Usually
finish by 2:30pm. Call Claire,
454-6612
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
LAKES PARK REGIONAL
FARMERS MARKET
9am-1pm, Lakes Park, 7300
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.
Fresh local produce, flowers,
soaps and more. Parking is free.
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
Offered MO, WE & FR. All ages
and levels welcome. Instructor
Kristi West. 239-233-1114
SENIOR 61 CLASS
10am, Beach Baptist Church.
Get a full body workout in this
class that begins
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This listing of local entertainment is provided as a FREE service to our community, with priority given to our advertisers and
local non-profit organizations. We require submission of event information for inclusion in this magazine by the 15th of the
preceding month. All listings are provided by entertainment venues and are subject to change.
To place your entertainment contact Keri Hendry Weeg at 239-463-4461 by the 15th of the prior month.
SAND LIFE
Published by The Island Sand Paper
An independently owned and operated island magazine.
Bob Layfield, Publisher
Missy Layfield, Editor
Keri Hendry Weeg, Associate Editor
Sarah List, Photographer
Mark List, Production Manager
Don Block, Circulation Manager
Sandy Sandness, Advertising
PHONE MAIL Office: 239 - 463- 4461
1661 Estero Blvd; Suite 4A
Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931
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whether it relates to island life and is of interest to its readers.
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ADDRESSES
Bay Oaks Recreation Campus, BORC
2731 Oak Street (behind Library)
Bowditch Point Park
50 Estero Blvd (north end of island)
Lynn Hall Memorial Park
950 Estero Blvd (Times Square)
Matanzas Park Preserve
199 Bay Road (behind library)
Newton Park
4650 Estero Blvd (near Publix on beach)
Mound House
289 Connecticut Street (on bay side)
SAND LIFE
April 2016
Outdoor Recreation on Fort Myers Beach
With mild weather and the chaos
of spring break and the Shrimp Festival over,
April is the perfect month to get out and enjoy
the beautiful opportunities our island offers for
outdoor recreation. Whether you’re looking for
a leisurely stroll and some great scenery or
want to get a day’s worth of exercise paddling
or biking in the sunshine, Fort Myers Beach
has something for everyone - including the
beach itself, of course!.
BOWDITCH POINT PARK
Bowditch Point Regional Park is
a beautiful and serene 17-acre park that
encompasses the entire northern tip of
Estero Island. Named for Nathaniel Bowditch,
an astronomer and navigator who was
responsible for perfecting celestial navigation
still utilized today, the park area provides a
quiet respite for many residents and visitors.
Purchased by Lee County in 1987 to
save it from development, the Park is actually
a ‘dual use facility’ in which approximately
7 acres are a developed park for passive
recreational use and the remaining 10 acres
are designated as a restoration/preserve area.
Walking trails carry visitors through
varied environments and offer an excellent
opportunity for tortoise and bird watching while
enjoying panoramic views of Estero Bay. This
is also one of the first beaches that Lee County
Parks and Recreation made accessible for
individuals with disabilities from parking
area to the Gulf of Mexico. There is also an
accessible boat dock. The free docks feature
10 slips for boats up to 28-feet in length and
a paddlecraft launch onto the Great Calusa
Blueway Paddling Trail.
Bowditch Point Park is a designated
Great Florida Birding Trail site. http://
floridabirdingtrail.com/. A community of gopher
tortoises makes it home in the park and are
a favorite of park visitors. Please watch them
from a distance and do not feed them.
The park area also features tables and grills,
available on a first come-first serve basis, in
a shaded tropical setting sure to please any
picnicker. Restroom and changing facilities
are available as well.
There is access to over 75 parking spaces
within the park at $2 per hour. Maximum
vehicle length 20 feet, no trailer or vehicle
trailer parking is permitted. Bowditch Point
Park is also accessible via the Beach Trolley.
MATANZAS PASS PRESERVE
Be sure to visit Fort Myers Beach’s
#5 ON BEACH MAP, PG 22
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‘best kept secret’ - the 60 acres of unspoiled
barrier island sanctuary found in Matanzas
Pass Preserve. Featuring over 1.25 miles of
well-maintained walking trails through four
separate ecosystems that mirror what the
island looked like when the Calusa Indians
roamed its shores, the Preserve contains one
of the last maritime oak hammocks in Lee
County. Much of the trail is on raised recycled
material boardwalk. The gazebo on the
shores of Estero Bay offers cooling breezes
and beautiful views. There is also a paddle
craft landing that is part of the Great Calusa
Blueway Paddling Trail so you can also paddle
in and enjoy the preserve.
Watched over by Lee County Parks
and an extremely dedicated group of local
volunteers called the ‘Friends of Matanzas
Pass Preserve’, the trails are a perfect way to
spend a quiet afternoon listening to the wind
whisper through the trees. Bring your smart
phone and pick up a QR code self-guided tour
brochure at the preserve entrance. Learn more
about the preserve and the plants and animals
that call it home. The Friends of Matanzas
Pass Preserve offer several
Cont’d pg.36
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with friendly spin bikes, offers
strengthening and toning and
ends with stretches. 60 min
class. Offered MO, WE & FR. $7/
class. Instructor Sue Anderson.
941-224-8467
BIRD BEACHES AND
MANGROVE CREEKS OF
BUNCHE BEACH AND SAN
CARLOS BAY 10am-2pm.
Bonita Beach. Learn about
the wonders of America’s only
Mangrove Forest. A protected
wild area of shallow waters, lots
of birds and a variety of other
creatures, including dolphin and
manatee. $55. 239-694-5513.
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS 10am-1pm,
Pickleball; 1-4pm, Mahjong
GEOCACHING 10:30am,
Beach Library. Let FLPirate and
the Wench (AKA Roger and
Jean Primus) who have been
geocaching for 9 years and have
over 9,000 finds introduce you
to this amazing sport. Bring your
smartphone. 239-765-8162
AFTERNOON MOVIE AT
THE LIBRARY 1:30pm, Beach
Library. Showing “Get Lucky.” To
help his indebted brother (Luke
Treadaway), a man (T.J. Ramini)
hatches a plot to rob a gangster’s
(James Cosmo) casino. Preregister minimum of 1 day in
advance. 239-765-8162
ADULT PIRATE CRUISE
7pm, Pieces of Eight Adult Pirate
Cruise at Salty Sam’s Marina. 90min adults only cruise with pirate
shenanigans. Boarding begins at
6:30pm. $20 Reservations 800763-7769
SUNSET CELEBRATION
LS3, 1-5pm; A200, 9:30pm1:30am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Randy Cormier, 2-5pm; Beth
Thompson, 6:30-10:30pm, La
Ola
John Kiesling
12-4pm,Petey’s Upper Deck
Patrick Murphy
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Allan Small 5-8pm, Outrigger
5-9pm, Times Square. Live
music, food & fun with High Tide
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
SHRINE BINGO 6:30pm-Early
Bird; 7pm-regular. 19171 San
Carlos Blvd. three jackpots of
up to $250 each. Free coffee
during bingo with free donuts at
intermission.
Father Al & the Jazz
Congregation
6-9pm, Matanzas on the Bay
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Pete Beard, 1-5pm;
Jeffrey Whidby, 6-10pm,
PierSide Grill
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm; Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
David Johnson
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
Live Music
8pm-12am, Castaways
Steve Farst Trio
9pm-1am, Cottage
T-Bone Funk
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
The Troublemakers
10pm-2am, Sunset Beach
Tropical Grill
Saturday,
April 2
MORNING MEANDER
8am, Lakes Park. 7330 Gladiolus
Dr. Meet at Shelter A7. Nature
walk with Bird Patrol Guide. This
easy walk offers the opportunity
to see birds in native vegetation
with experienced guides pointing
out the many species in Lakes
Park. Free with paid parking.
Bring water, sunscreen and
binoculars. For more information
call 239-533-7580.
#23 on the map
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BOATING CLASS
8:15am-12:30pm, San Carlos
Bay Sail & Power Squadron
Classroom, 16048 San Carlos
Blvd. This safe boating course,
recognized by the national
Association of State Boating Law
April 2016
Administrators covers hull design,
docking, anchoring, channel
markers, boating emergencies
and other topics to make boating
safer and more enjoyable. Twosession class, second session is
April 9th. $45 Register at www.
scbps.com or call 239-466-4040.
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Resort. Iyengar style yoga with
Susan Carter. All levels welcome.
$12. 209-1698
CYCLE 61 CLASS 8:3010am, Beach Baptist Church.
40/40 class: Body Pump from
8:30-9:15am followed by Spin
from 9:15-10am. Instructor Sue
Anderson. 941-224-8467
YOGA ON THE BEACH
8:30-9:30am, Just north of the
pier. Join Becky Lang for a
Level One Flow Yoga practice
suitable for most levels. No preregistration required, suggested
donation $10. Parking is $2/hr.
Bring yoga mat, sunscreen and
water. Weather permitting. www.
beckylang.com
AQUA JOGGING 9-10am,
Beach Pool. A nonstop full body
workout that transitions between
jogging and stationary exercise
focusing on different muscle
groups. 239-463-5759
CLASSIC CRUISE IN AND
SNOWBIRD CELEBRATION
9am-2pm, Santini Marina Plaza.
Classic cars, celebrity judges,
Santini Fresh Market, 40+
handmade. homemade vendors
featuring Bonez BBQ, fresh
seafood from the FMB docks.
Cruise in begins at 10am, awards
at 11:30am. Free parking. Free
admission. To pre-register your
Corvette, Classic or Antique
car, call Bonnie 239-443-8810
or email [email protected] or
cruise in and register on site.
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
Explore the winding mangrove
creeks and hidden backwaters
of Estero Bay as only a kayaker
can. This unique tour is guided
by our staff biologist, an ACA
certified kayak instructor, and
offers a rare and close up
opportunity to experience the
abundant natural beauty of
Estero and Hell Peckney bays.
The tour includes a stopover
at an archaeological site, tidal
conditions permitting. Every WE
and every first and third SA.
Maximum 12 participants. $45,
reservations required. 239-7650865
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
Bonita Beach.
Learn about the
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SAND LIFE
April 2016
The Oysters - 20 Years of Rock and Roll
The
Oysters
were
something no one on the beach
had ever seen before - how can
three guys with acoustic guitars
and a set of conga drums rock?
But rock they did, and everyone
loved it.
“People would plan their
vacations around when we were
playing,” said Bryce. “We went to
Key West, and our fans followed
us there. There was a lot of alcohol
involved, and a lot of fun - it was a
crazy, crazy time.”
But it was more than
just booze. Call them a milder,
gentler version of who they used
to be, but Bryce and Joe still have
that special something that draws
people to watch them perform,
and Bryce still gets calls from fans
who want to make sure they’re
playing when they visit. Oh, and
did we mention they have heaps of
talent?
“One thing that always
got to me was the fact that we
played covers,” Bryce said. “I
mean, I like playing other peoples’
songs and making them our own,
but when you’re opening for a
national act and you’re singing a
Joan Jett song it just hurts because
you know the audience isn’t seeing
the real you.”
Though both Bryce and
Joe have been in other bands including national acts - where
they wrote original tunes, they
are especially proud of a new trio
they’ve put together with drummer
Scott Chesser - a band called
The Gist - that features all new
songs written by them that truly
showcase the depth of musical
knowledge and creativity they
possess. We won’t give it away,
but look for a performance that
will be like nothing anyone’s seen
before - much like The Oysters
were all those years ago. Hint - for
a sneak peek, go to reverbnation.
com/thegist8. They have also
released a CD, which is available
on their new website, thegistband.
com. To check out The Oysters,
visit theoysterband.com.
These days, you can
catch Bryce and Joe at their regular
gigs - Thursdays from 5-10pm at
Nervous Nellies and Saturdays
from 6-10pm at the Lighthouse Tiki
Bar.
“It’s amazing really we are both the lead singers of
our band - something that usually
never works - but we’ve been
together for so long it clicks,” Joe
said. “We also play one night
a week at The Boathouse in
Cape Coral. Between that, both
of our daytime businesses, and
rehearsing two or three nights a
week, we’re pretty busy.”
The
Oysters’
lineup
consists
mostly of classic rock, with a
little country thrown in. This they
spice up with their signature
lively and hilarious banter, which
guarantees that the audience will
have a good time. These are two
guys who are happy with their
life, and it shows.
“You know, we’ve both
traveled all over the country and
there’s just no place like Fort
Myers Beach,” said Bryce when
we asked him to reflect back on
the years. “The experience here
#19 on Beach Map
To most locals - and
more than a few regular visitors
- the two men who make up the
band called The Oysters need
no introduction. Joe Monroe and
Bryce Barnes have been part of
the music scene on this island
for so long it almost seems as if
they’ve always been here, and
those of us who were around
in the early 2000’s have fond - if
slightly hazy - memories of when
their original band - The Oysters
Fantastic Band - ruled the beach.
During their reign, which occurred
during the halcyon years before
Hurricane Charley - when Casey’s
Alley still rocked and The Reef
still roared - it almost seems as
though the island was a happier,
more innocent place. But what
really strikes someone listening
to Joe and Bryce perform is the
pure, deep, talent they possess.
Even when they are playing cover
songs, there is a sense that they
belong somewhere far from here,
on a big stage with lots of lights
and a stadium full of screaming
fans. Because through all the
years, what first drew people to
their shows still remains - the
energy and love they have for
each other and their audience.
Bryce and Joe came
to our emerald shores on entirely
different roads. Both grew up
loving and playing music - Bryce
told us his first guitar was a plastic
one from JC Penney that wasn’t
even playable - ‘I wanted to be like
Keith Partridge from the Partridge
Family’, he said - but the two did
not meet until they’d both moved
to Fort Myers Beach, some 20+
years ago.
“I came from rural
Vermont - where I had a guitar in
my hand from the age of 2 and
taught myself how to play. I came
to the beach with my band Engine
Joe (a band that also included
A200 powerhouse Bob Tabarrini)
- we had 27 original songs and
we were supposed to be on Fort
Myers Beach for one month before
heading to California,” Joe said.
“That was 21 years ago.”
Bryce - who was born in
the city of Toledo, Ohio and caught
the music bug from his neighbor,
who was the nephew of famous
DJ Alan Freed (hint, he coined
the term ‘rock and roll’) came here
to be in the band Blackfoot - who
would go on to national renown.
“When
Rickey
(Medlocke) left to join Lynyrd
Skynyrd, and Stet (Howland) left
for W.A.S.P., John Housley and
I got together with T-Bone and
started the Oyster Fantastic Band,”
Bryce said. “T-Bone played with us
for awhile, then Frank Thomson,
and when Frankie left, Joe left
Engine Joe to fill Frank’s spot.”
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has been a great one - after
all, it has supported both of our
careers for over 20 years.”
The bottom line, Bryce
and Joe told us, is that it’s always
been about the music.
“It’s the one thing
that’s been the only constant
in our worlds,” Bryce said.
“People change, venues change,
everything changes. But the
music - it’s always there.”
Keri Hendry Weeg
SAND LIFE
April 2016
#30 on Beach Map,
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April 2016
CONT’D FROM PG.6
wonders of America’s only
Mangrove Forest. See herons,
egrets, pelicans, osprey, roseate
spoonbills, dolphins, manatees
and more. includes all equipment
and a Florida Master Naturalist
will be your guide. $40. 239-6945513.
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS
10:30am-1pm, Pickleball
CRUISER APPRECIATION
DAY 12-3pm, Matanzas on
the Bay. Celebrating those
who use our beautiful back bay
anchorage. Food, raffles, fun and
live music by Awesome Sauce.
All are welcome!
BAY OAKS FITNESS
Backlash 6-9pm, Pinchers Beach
Tiki Bar (Wyndham Garden)
Michael DiAmore
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Susan Carter. All levels welcome.
$12. 209-1698
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Troublemakerz
9pm-1am, Cottage
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
MONDAY, APRIL 4TH
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Live Music
8pm-12am, Castaways
3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
NostalJah 10pm-2am,
Sunset Beach Tropical Grill
Sunday,
April 3
JAZZ BRUNCH
2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge
11:30am-3pm, Matanzas on the
Bay. Gourmet brunch menu,
waterside dining, jazz with Father
Al & the Jazz Congregation
SUNSET CELEBRATION
BINGO
SHRIMP DINNER
NASCAR PARTY
1-9pm, Open Basketball
BINGO
5-9pm. Time Square. Live music,
food & fun with Rock Solid
5-7pm, St. Raphael’s Church,
5601 William’s Dr. Enjoy our
area’s finest delicacy, Gulf Pink
Shrimp, with homemade cole
slaw, baked beans, cornbread,
beverages and dessert. $20/per
person. Last Shrimp dinner of the
season.
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; A200,
9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Scotty Bryan, 12-4pm;
Mary Winner, 5-9pm,
Petey’s Upper Deck
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm &
6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Patrick Murphy, 1-5pm;
Dave Collaton, 6-10pm,
Smokin Oyster Brewery
Shane Russell, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Frank Thompson 1-5pm; Greg
Watts, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Jeff Greene
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Noon-3pm. American Legion, 899
Buttonwood Dr.
1:13pm, STP 500. Hoosiers in
Paradise
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD
James Gragg, 1-5pm; Lee
Hagen, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Royce Allgood 1-5pm; Smokin
Bill, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Sean Bright, 1-5pm; Patrick
Murphy, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Two Hands, 1-4pm; Chucky from
Kentucky, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; DK TK,
6pm-12am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Gregg Watts 12-4pm; Wendell
Ray, 6-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Monday,
April 4
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS FITNESS
8am, Abs Toner; 8:30am,
Aerobics; 9am, Spin; 10:30am,
Senior Fitness; 6-9pm, Open
Basketball
WATER AEROBICS
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Briz & Lady, 2-5pm; Smokin Bill,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Geo 5-8pm, Outrigger
9am, Access 22 (Connecticut
Street). This is an intermediate
level Vinyasa style class, bring a
towel/mat, water, sunglasses &
sunscreen. $10 to join, weather
permitting. Laura Paradiso, 203305-1663. lauraparadiso.com.
Ira Wilkes 5-8pm, Pinchers
Beach Tiki Bar (Wyndham
Garden)
PILATES
Sideshow Bob
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
See Apr 1
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS
10am-1pm, Pickleball; 12pm,
Dominoes; 12:30-3:30pm, Social
Bridge (at Chapel By the Sea);
6:30-9:30pm, Pickleball
ZIKA VIRUS
10:30am, Beach Library. Glenda
with the FMB Mosquito Control
will provide information and
answer questions about the Zika
Virus and what is being done to
control it on the Beach. 239-7658162
TRUSTING YOUR GUT
FEELINGS 1:30pm, Beach
Small Town 2-5pm, Outrigger
BINGO 2-5pm, Valerie’s
Devon Myers 2-6pm, Sunset
Beach Tropical Grill
DJ TK, 1-5pm; Steve Farst
Experience, 8:30pm-12:30am,
Lani Kai Beach Bar
BEACH YOGA
Deb & the Dynamics
1-4pm, Doc Fords
Toucan Do 2-5pm, Bootleggers
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm;
Open Mic Jam Night, 6-9pm,
Bonita Bills
Thomas Hoffmaster
4-7pm, Bootleggers
Library. Join Lenka Spiska,
LMT, Medical Intuologist, as she
shares her own experiences of
using intuition in collaboration
with a medical doctor to empower
healing. Learn how you can too.
239-765-8162
Laurie Star, 2-5pm; Chris Kemp,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Anthony Wayne, 1-5pm; Chris
Casdia, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
Lounge. 466-7788
CAR SHOW 5-7pm, Salty
Meagan Rose & Smokin’ Bill
2-5pm, Outrigger
Sam DeArmond 5-8pm, Pinchers
Beach Tiki Bar (Wyndham
Garden)
Sam’s Marina. Hot rods, custom
trucks and classic cars. Live
music, food and drink specials
along with a number of door
prizes. Free and open to the
public. 239-463-3257.
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
YOGA 6pm, DiamondHead
Tommy V. Duo
2-5pm, Bootleggers
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Resort. Iyengar style yoga with
Scotty Bryan
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Will Kiser
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Frank Torino 7-10pm, Parrot Key
3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
Tuesday,
April 5
PUMP 61 CLASS
8am, Beach Baptist Church.
Sculpt and define all muscles
with this 60 min class using
barbells, plates and hand
weights. $7/class. Offered TU
& TH. Instructor Sue Anderson,
941-224-8467
FLOW STYLE YOGA
9am, Bay Oaks - $10/member,
$12/non-members; 11am, on
the sand at Pink Shell Resort
- $10/person. All levels. Laura
Paradiso, 203-305-1663.
lauraparadiso.com.
BAY OAKS FITNESS
9am, Yoga; 9am Body Sculpt;
10:15am, Line Dancing; 6pm,
Open Inline Hockey; 6-9pm,
Open Volleyball
GUIDED BEACH WALK
9am. Newton Park, 4650
Estero Blvd. Explore the natural
treasures on Fort
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Myers Beach
SAND LIFE
Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
One the best things
about April on Fort Myers Beach
is our annual Film Festival. Now
celebrating its 10th anniversary
in 2016, this unique island event
really does make the ‘stars come
out’, and this year will be the extra
special because organizers have
planned for a mix of old and new.
“This year we’re going
to be focusing on films from the
past to the future,” said Executive
Director Janeen Paulauskis. “I’ve
been with the festival since day
one, so this has been a lot of fun
going back and reliving those
memories as I plan for this year’s
event.”
Film
festivals
previously sponsored by the
Town of Fort Myers Beach were a yearly occurrence on our
island from 2001-2005, when a
post-Charley council decided to
stop funding the event. These
early festivals were a huge hit in
our little community, bringing in
names like Tim Curry and Hilary
Duff, with hundreds of films being
submitted. For years after, much
talk was heard about bringing it
back as an independent nonprofit,
and in 2012 the Friends of the
Arts organization was formed and
returned the popular festival to its
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earlier glory.
Janeen
told
us
that - over the past few
months - filmmakers from all
over the United States have
been submitting their shorts,
documentaries and full-length
features for award consideration
by judges at the Fort Myers Film
Festival.
“The Festival continues
to delight audiences of all
ages as we celebrate the art
of
independent
filmmaking,”
she said. “We are also going to
have some of our past filmmaker
winners and actors returning, as
they remember us and the film
festival fondly. I keep hearing
from more and more of them including a young actress who
now has a starring role on the
television show NCIS.”
The Festival kicks off
on Wednesday, April 20 at 2
p.m. with the opening ceremony
at the Beach Theater, 6425
Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach,
followed by full day of screenings
at the theater until 11pm.
Films
continue
throughout the week (3-11pm at
the theater) with lunch and learn
workshops on Friday, April 22
and Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. –
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Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
1:30 p.m. Tickets for these workshops are $30 for
Friday and $40 for Saturday and include lunch.
These educational workshops give attendees the
opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals
in the industry about the nuts and bolts of
filmmaking in a panel discussion format.
“Our Friday workshop will feature the
folks from Red Flight Pictures, who are always
very popular, and on Saturday the workshop
will be all about the journey of taking a short,
7-minute film and making it into a 90-minute
feature,” Janeen told us. “The idea is to get
filmmakers with low budgets interested in making
films.”
“Also on Friday, join us for our fan
favorite, the ‘Film on the Beach’,” Paulauskis
continued. “This event is free and open to the
community. Featured is Disney’s award-winning
film, “Inside Out”.”
Sunday closes out the Fort Myers
Beach Film Festival with the awards ceremony
at 2 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony the
winning films will be shown at the Beach Theater.
Tickets for this jewel of the Fort Myers
Beach spring season are $7 per screening
and $30 and $40 for the Friday and Saturday
workshops, respectively. Or if you want to attend
all events, consider the $150 VIP pass which
includes the Friday workshop, all screenings,
and a festival t-shirt. Both opening and closing
ceremonies are free and open to the public.
For more information, sponsorships and tickets,
visit FMBFilmFest.com or connect socially on
Facebook.
#13 on Beach Map
#19 on Beach Map.
April 2016
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Progress in Paradise
What’s Going on With Estero Blvd?
Those of you who haven’t been
to our island in a few months are no doubt
wondering what’s going on. Confronted with
a maze of Bob’s Barricades upon coming
over the bridge, visitors to our island this
month will understandably have questions.
The most important answer is, yes, we are
open for business and what’s happening is
a long-needed water and road improvement
project that will eventually benefit everyone.
And as with any improvements that involve
a heavily-traveled roadway like Estero
Boulevard, there will be some delays but
local businesses and the Town of Fort
Myers Beach are working hard to ensure
those delays are minimal and our guests’
stay on the island remains a pleasant one.
The first part of this project,
called ReFresh Fort Myers Beach, actually
broke ground in 2013 when workers began
replacing the Town’s aging – and often
broken – water system. Approved by a huge
majority of island voters via referendum in
2008, the project started with side streets off
of Estero Boulevard and moved to the main
road in anticipation of Lee County’s plans to
upgrade Estero with sidewalks, landscaping
and water drainage. The second part of the
project, run by Lee County (owner of Estero
Blvd.) is a reconstruction of the boulevard
itself - including long-needed upgrades such
as sidewalks, bicycle paths, new sewer
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April 2016
lines and drainage improvements.
The really good news for April
is that the first phase of the Estero Blvd.
part of the waterline replacement project is
complete, as workers have finished laying
in all the water pipes and a new natural
gas line between Time Square and Lovers
Lane. The bottlenecks resulting from
alternating single lane traffic in certain areas
is now pretty much resigned to memory, as
workers are able to keep two lanes of traffic
flowing while they finish sealing off the old
water pipe and do some patchwork on side
streets.
Kaye Molnar of Cella Molnar and
Associates, spokesperson for both projects,
told us that – throughout the month of April –
the county’s project – from Crescent Street
to Lovers Lane – will be humming right
along.
“During April, the county’s
crews will basically be doing three things:
continuing with the installation of sanitary
sewer lines under Estero Boulevard on the
bay side; then, once they get far enough
ahead, they will drop back and remove the
sidewalk in order to install conduits for future
lighting and fiber optics under the sidewalk
area,” she said. “Pretty quickly after that,
they will put the sidewalk back in.”
Once the new sewer lines
and conduits are in, the county will go in
April 2016
SAND LIFE
Progress in Paradise
What’s Going on With Estero Blvd?
and replace the boulevard itself,
complete with all the additions –
such as bigger sidewalks – depicted
on the project’s website, www.
refreshfmb.com.
At press time, the county’s
workers have installed new sanitary
sewer lines from Crescent Street
down to Tropical Shores Way.
Those traversing this section of the
boulevard in the first part of April
will notice traffic shifting from side of
Estero to the other, as crews begin to
reslope the road.
“When the road is finished,
the drainage system will be in the
middle so Estero Boulevard will
slope towards the center,” Molnar
said. “To accomplish that and still
keep two travel lanes open, traffic
lanes will be shifted around so be
prepared to switch from side to side.”
Molnar told us that – except for
unforeseen, intermittent problems
- two lanes of traffic are kept open
at all times during this work, and
that pedestrians are re-routed to an
adjacent newly asphalted area to
walk on while the sidewalk is torn up.
The Town is working with visitors,
residents and businesses to address
their biggest concerns and schedule
work hours accordingly. For safety
reasons, much of the work must be
done during daylight hours but work
is halted on weekends to make way
for visitors. Keep in mind that the
busiest traffic times are between
3pm and 5pm, with traffic relatively
light the rest of the day usually.
The Greater Fort Myers
Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
is doing everything they can to
make the process easier. They are
answering questions and providing
help to any business, visitor or
resident who needs it at their
location in Key Estero Plaza, 1661
Estero Blvd. To download a ‘Pardon
Our Progress – Fort Myers Beach
Construction Survival Toolkit’, go to
www.fortmyersbeach.org for a list of
links, taxi and bus services and other
information. To learn more about the
project itself, go to www.refreshfmb.
com.
“We
are
open
for
business,” said Chamber President
Bud Nocera. “These are growing
pains that are signs of greater
economic prosperity on the island.”
So please Pardon Our
Progress - we live in paradise!
Keri Hendry Weeg
Visitor Information
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#9 on Beach Map
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through a free, guided walk along
the shore by Mound House staff
biologist and Florida Master
Naturalist, Parke Lewis. Wear
sunscreen, appropriate clothing,
shoes and hats. Approx.1 hour.
765-0865
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS 9am-noon,
BOCCE; 6-9pm, Duplicate Bridge
(at Chapel By the Sea)
SANTINI SUNRISE FRESH
MARKET 9am-1pm, Santini
Marina Plaza. The Santini
Sunrise Fresh Market, located
in Santini Marina Plaza. Family
friendly market showcasing
farm fresh produce, handmade
crafts and jewelry, delicious food,
live entertainment, and local
information about Fort Myers
Beach. The market operates
every Tuesday until Easter. New
vendors welcome, call Bonnie
Roberts at 239-433-8810. Every
dollar spent at the farmer’s
market is another dollar reinvested in the local economy!
CALOOSA CARVERS
DEMOS 9:30am-noon, Mound
House. Free and open to the
public. Featuring wood carving
demonstrations using several
replica artifacts from the Mound
House. Free. 239-765-0865.
TODDLER TUESDAY
10-11am. Bay Oaks Recreational
Campus. A classroom and portion
of the gym will be dedicated to
those 4 and under. This is a drop
in program that allows parents
and their little ones a chance to
explore and play in a fun and
safe environment. 1st TU of
every month. Free/member; $4/
non-member. 239-765-4222.
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
LIVERPOOL RUMMY
10am, FMB Woman’s Club. 175
Sterling Street. Open to men, too.
463-3755.
EFT FOR RELATIONSHIPS
11am-12:30pm, AHA! A Holistic
Approach Center for Health
& Harmony. 15971 McGregor
Blvd. Discover how tapping can
help you put aside unsatisfying
relationship patterns and feelings
of being disconnected, unloved
and drained by others and past
memories. $149. 233-433-5995
HISTORY MEETS BIOLOGY
11am and 2pm, Mound House.
Discover and learn about the
SAND LIFE
complex relationship spanning
over 2,000 years of human
interaction with the tremendous
natural resources of the Estero
Bay Estuary. Learn what an
important role the coastal
environment was to the Calusa
Indians, Cuban fisher folk,
pioneers and scientists who lived
at the Mound House. $5, free for
Mound House members. 239765-0865
DRIVING SAFER LONGER
1:30pm, Beach Library. Syndi
Bultman, Injury Prevention
Manager of Trauma Services with
Lee Memorial Hospital, will give
an overview of what to do to be
safer while driving and alert you
to some important things to have
checked on a regular basis. 239765-8162
YOGA 5:45pm. Newton Park.
Enjoy a panoramic Gulf view as
you enjoy this drop in yoga class
for all levels. Bring yoga mat
and straps if possible. $10/class.
Instructor Susan Carter 765-0865
6 WEEK BEGINNER SELF
DEFENSE 6:30-8:30pm, AHA!
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. Learn
to increase your situational
awareness, improve awareness
of aggressor mentality,
appropriate levels of force,
basic strikes, transitions &
submissions, basic defenses to
strikes, holds and disarming. $99.
239-433-5995
THE MUSIC OF RODGERS
AND HAMMERSTEIN
7:30pm, Shell Point Village. Join
us for the brilliant music of two
legendary men, with songs from
their celebrated collaborations:
South Pacific, The Sound of
Music, State Fair, The King and
I, Carousel, and Oklahoma.
Broadway stars Sarah Pfisterer
and Sean MacLaughlin will
present this lively tribute
to the music of Rodgers &
Hammerstein. $36. 239-4542067
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
TUESDAY, APRIL 5TH
Pete Beard 1-5pm; Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; Remedy,
8:30pm-12:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Wayne DeLoria, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Robert Blakey
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Meagan Rose 5-8pm, Outrigger
John Friday
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Beauty and the Bass
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Anthony Wayne
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Ira Wilkes 8pm-12am, Castaways
The Bad Banditos
9pm-1am, Cottage
Robbie Hutto
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Wednesday,
April 6
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS FITNESS
8am, Spin; 8:30am, Aerobics;
6-9pm, Open Basketball
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Resort. Iyengar style yoga with
Susan Carter. All levels welcome.
$12. 765-7654
WATER AEROBICS
April 2016
10am, Good Time Charters at
Snook Bight Marina. $40/person
includes board rental. Book
online at goodtimecharter.com or
239-218-8014
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS
10am-1pm, Pickleball
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
Church. See Apr 1
FARMER’S MARKET
10am-3pm, The Village Shoppes
at Health Park, corner of
Summerlin and Bass Roads, Ft.
Myers. Rain or shine.
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS – MONTHLY
POTLUCK Noon, Chapel
By the Sea. The Town of Fort
Myers Beach provides the fried
chicken, beverages and utensils.
You bring dish to share. Guest
speakers. Free/member; $4/nonmember. 239-765-4222
IN SEARCH OF WILD
ORCHIDS 1:30pm, Beach
Library. Stig Dalstrom, the Wild
Orchid Man and filmmaker,
Darryl Saffer, treks deep into the
Everglades in search of the rare
ghost orchid. A Must See for any
Orchid Lover 239-765-8162
BINGO 6:30-9:30pm, American
Legion, 899 Buttonwood.
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
7pm, Valerie’s
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Ya-Ya,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
COMMERCIAL FISHING
FLEET TOUR 9am -Noon.
DJ TK, 1-5pm; 10,000 Views,
10pm-1am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Ostego Bay Foundation. Includes
a 90 min. guided visit in the
Museum that contains a touch
tank, hands-on beach area and
several aquariums and exhibits.
The Tour continues with visits to
local shrimp industry locations.
$15/adult; $10 children over 6.
Reservations required. 765-8101.
BEACH BAPTIST
FARMER’S MARKET
9am-2pm, Beach Baptist Parking
Lot. Fresh vegetables, crafts,
sunglasses and more.
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
See Apr 2
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
(SUP) YOGA
Eric Phelps, 2-5pm; DVS Duo,
7-10pm, La Ola
Chucky From Kentucky
12-4pm, Bonita Bills
Sam DiAmore
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Endre D 5-8pm, Outrigger
Cadillac Blue
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Pete Beard
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Rich Lancaster
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
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April 2016
#7 ON THE MAP
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Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
SAND LIFE
for the sun, sea and tropics.
239-765-8162
Friday,
CORN HOLE COMPETITION
April 8
5pm, Beach Bowl, 17651 San
Girl Meets Boy
6:30-9:30pm, Doc Fords
BINGO NIGHT
April 2016
CONT’D FROM PG.14
Frank Thompson
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Live Music
8pm-12am, Castaways
Steve Farst
9pm-1am, Cottage
Thursday,
April 7
PUMP 61 CLASS 8am, Beach
Baptist Church. See Apr 5
BAY OAKS FITNESS
9am, Yoga; 9am, Body Sculpt;
10:15am, Line Dancing; 6-9pm,
Open Basketball
FLOW STYLE YOGA
9am, Bay Oaks - $10/member,
$12/non-members; 6:30pm,
sunset beach yoga on the sand
at Pink Shell Resort - $10/person.
All levels. Laura Paradiso, 203305-1663. lauraparadiso.com.
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS 12pm, Dominoes;
12:30-3:30, Social Bridge (at
Chapel By the Sea)
IMPERIAL RIVER/ESTERO
BAY KAYAK TOUR
10am-2pm. Bonita Beach. Visit
this lovely river as it gently
pours into Estero Bay through
winding mangrove mazes, a very
productive estuarine environment
with up to 300 species of birds
and a wide variety of aquatic
species. See how important the
estuaries of the world are to life
on this planet. $50. 239-6945513.
GETTING STARTED WITH
YOUR IPAD/IPHONE
10:30am, Beach Library.
Facilitated by Betsy Mangan,
learn the basics-including
searching the Internet, taking
pictures, e-mail, changing
settings and organizing Apps.
Pre-register. 239-765-8162
MEET YOUR ARTIST OF
THE MONTH 3:30-4:30pm,
Beach Library Commons. Meet
Carol Williams, founder of
MoodsArts and member of SWFL
Art League and discover her love
Carlos Boulevard. 239-466-3033
6-9pm, Valerie’s Lounge
BINGO 7pm, Bayside Estates
FARMERS MARKET
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm; Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
7:30-11:30am, Fort Myers Beach
Pool parking lot. See Apr 1
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
JO LIST & FRIENDS
CONCERT 7-9pm, Fish Tale
See Apr 1
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Pete Beard,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Chucky from Kentucky, 1-4pm;
Deb & Ray, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, James
Gragg, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; White Girl
Wasted, 10pm-1am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
Wayne DeLoria, 1-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Frank Thompson, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Two Hands
5-8pm, Outrigger
N2L 5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki
Bar (Wyndham Garden)
Anthony Wayne
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Mary Winner
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Gatlin
7-10pm, Bootleggers
The New Vinyls
9pm-1am, Cottage
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Clubhouse, 17601 San Carlos
Boulevard. 239-481-0163
Marina Boat Barn. The Friends
of the Arts Boat Barn Concert
Series wraps up the season
with Jo List & Friends bringing
their popular show back to the
Barn with Joe McConaghy on
keyboards, singer/songwriter
Michael Oakland on guitar, Bill
Rountree on bass and vocals and
percussionist Carveth Clauson.
Tickets are $25 and available
now at the Fish Tale Marina
office.
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BAY OAKS FITNESS
LAUGHTER YOGA
8-9am. Lynn Hall Park (near
playground). See Apr 1
YOGA AT NEWTON PARK
8:15am, Gentle Flow - all
levels; 9:30am, Power Yoga
- intermediate to advanced.
Newton Park. See Apr 1
PROGRESSIVE BRIDGE 9:30am, FMB Woman’s Club,
175 Sterling Street. See Apr 1
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
LAKES PARK REGIONAL
FARMERS MARKET 9am-
1pm, Lakes Park, 7300 Gladiolus
Drive, Fort Myers. See Apr 1
MUSIC THERAPY
10:30am, Beach Library. Learn all
about the amazing benefits music
therapy can provide from Tracey
Kinnunen, a musical therapist at
the Golisano Children’s Hospital
of SWFL. 239-765-8162
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
Randy Cormier, 2-5pm; Beth
Thompson, 6:30-10:30pm, La
Ola
Sideshow Bob & Scotty, 1-5pm;
DVS, 9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
Pete Beard, 1-5pm; Jeff Whidby,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
John Kiesling
12-4pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Patrick Murphy
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Allan Small
5-8pm, Outrigger
Father Al & the Jazz
Congregation
6-9pm, Matanzas on the Bay
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
David Johnson
7-10pm, Parrot Key
See Apr 1
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
Church. Offered MO, WE & FR.
See Apr 1
The Manipulators
8pm-12am, Castaways
NAKED MEADOW 1:30pm,
Beach Library. Local author wrob
presents Naked Meadow, essays
and poems. Come prepared for
a relaxing and stimulating time.
239-765-8162
ADULT PIRATE CRUISE
7pm, Pieces of Eight Adult Pirate
Cruise at Salty Sam’s Marina.
See Apr 1
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm, Times Square. Live
music, food & fun with High Tide
SHRINE BINGO
6:30pm-Early Bird; 7pm-regular.
19171 San Carlos Blvd. See
Apr 1
Robbie Hutto
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Steve Farst Trio
9pm-1am, Cottage
Saturday,
April 9
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Resort. See Apr 2
CYCLE 61 CLASS
8:30-10am, 40/40: Body Pump &
Spin. Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 2
YOGA ON THE BEACH
8:30-9:30am, Just north of the
pier. See Apr 2
Cont’d pg.19
page 18
SAND LIFE
April 2016
#22 ON THE MAP
April 2016
Bay Oaks Fitness. See Apr 2
AQUA JOGGING
9-10am, Beach Pool. See Apr 2
ART EXHIBIT
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association
Gallery, 3030 Shell Mound Blvd.
Local student art exhibit runs
from April 9-13. Reception Apr
10 from 3-5pm. All are welcome.
This exhibit includes college
bound seniors from Cypress
Lake Center for the Arts, Cypress
Lake High School and Cypress
Lake Middle School. Free.
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
Meagan Rose & Smokin’ Bill
2-5pm, Outrigger
Devon Myers 2-6pm, Sunset
Beach Tropical Grill
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Rich Lancaster
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
YOGA 6pm, DiamondHead
Resort. Iyengar style yoga with
Susan Carter. See Apr 4
Off the Chain
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Michael DiAmore
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
Troublemakerz
9pm-1am, Cottage
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
Troublemakers
9pm-1am, Cottage
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. In this
3-hour exploration, you are
guided through an energy
restoring sequence attributed
to B.K.S Iyengar. Visual aids
are used to support your
understanding of how to use the
many props. $55. 239-433-5995
BINGO
2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm. Time Square. Live music,
food & fun with Vinyl Countdown
NASCAR PARTY
7:46pm, Duck Commander 500.
Hoosiers in Paradise
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; Live Music,
9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Scotty Bryan, 12-4pm; Mary
Winner, 5-9pm, Petey’s Upper
Deck
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm &
6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Shane Russell, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Patrick Murphy, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Monday,
April 11
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
IYENGAR RESTORATIVE
SEQUENCE 1-4:30pm, AHA!
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Hester Prynn
8pm-12am, Castaways
See Apr 2
page 19
BINGO 2-5pm, Valerie’s
Lounge. 466-7788
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
Sunday,
April 10
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
BINGO
Noon-3pm. American Legion, 899
Buttonwood Dr.
ART EXHIBIT 12-3pm, FMB
Art Association Gallery, 3030
Shell Mound Blvd. Local student
art exhibit runs from April 9-13.
Reception Apr 10 from 3-5pm.
All are welcome. This exhibit
includes college bound seniors
from Cypress Lake Center for the
Arts, Cypress Lake High School
and Cypress Lake Middle School.
Free.
Sean Bright, 1-5pm; Patrick
Murphy, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Gregg Watts 12-4pm; Wendell
Ray, 6-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Laurie Star, 2-5pm; Chris Kemp,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Frank Thompson 1-5pm; Greg
Watts, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Deb & the Dynamics
1-4pm, Doc Fords
Jeff Greene
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Small Town
2-5pm, Outrigger
Briz & Lady, 2-5pm; Smokin Bill,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Alan Small
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Geo 5-8pm, Outrigger
ART EXHIBIT 10am-3pm,
Scotty Bryan
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
10:30am, Beach Library. Live
demo of Windows 10 and learn to
take advantage of Windows 10’s
new features. What about apps?
Pre-register. 239-765-8162
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; DK TK,
6pm-12am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Sideshow Bob
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
WINDOWS 10
Two Hands, 1-4pm; Chucky from
Kentucky, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
DJ TK, 1-5pm; Steve Farst
Experience, 8:30pm-12:30am,
Lani Kai Beach Bar
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
Church. See Apr 1
See Apr 4
James Gragg, 1-5pm; Lee
Hagen, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm; Open
Mic Jam Night, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
(Connecticut Street). See Apr 4
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
Royce Allgood 1-5pm; Smokin
Bill, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Anthony Wayne, 1-5pm; Chris
Casdia, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Ira Wilkes 5-8pm, Pinchers
Beach Tiki Bar (Wyndham
Garden)
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. SEE APR 4
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
MONDAY, APRIL 11TH
BEACH YOGA 9am, Access 22
FMB Art Association Gallery.
See Apr 9.
#28 on Beach Map
CONT’D FROM PG.17
SAND LIFE
Toucan Do
2-5pm, Bootleggers
Alan Small
2-5pm, Bootleggers
Will Kiser
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Frank Torino 7-10pm, Parrot Key
3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
Tuesday,
April 12
PUMP 61 CLASS
8am, Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 5
Cont’d pg.20
SAND LIFE
page 20
CONT’D FROM PG.19
SANTINI SUNRISE FRESH
MARKET 9am-1pm, Santini
Marina Plaza. See Apr 5
FLOW STYLE YOGA
9am, Bay Oaks; 11am, on the
sand at Pink Shell Resort. See
Apr 5
TODDLER TUESDAY
GUIDED BEACH WALK
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
10-11am. Bay Oaks Recreational
Campus. See Apr 5
9am. Newton Park, 4650 Estero
Blvd. See Apr 5
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
ART EXHIBIT
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association
Gallery. See Apr 9.
See Apr 5
LIVERPOOL RUMMY
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
10am, FMB Woman’s Club. 175
Sterling Street. Open to men, too.
463-3755.
See Apr 5
April 2016
SHELLS OF OUR SHORES
11am and 2pm, Mound House.
From the Gulf of Mexico to our
beaches, this engaging display
and discussion showcases many
of our unique and beautiful
seashells. Learn about their place
in the natural environment and
the seashells’ historic importance
to the people of our island, not
only as objects of beauty, but as
food, building material, weapons
and tools. $5, free for Mound
House members. 239-765-0865
well as a chance to win a free
Prime Rib dinner every Friday for
a year at the Gulfshore Grill. The
Steve Farst Trio, Charlie Moon,
The New Vinyls, Troublemakers
and The Bad Banditos.
PERSONAL SAFETY 1:30pm,
Beach Library. Learn first-hand
from the Lee County Sheriff’s
Office about what you can do to
make yourself less of a target for
criminals who may attack you at
the ATM, parking lots, at home or
traveling. 239-765-8162
YOGA 5:45pm. Newton Park.
See Apr 5
CHARITY FUNDRAISER
FOR THE AMERICAN
CANCER SOCIETY
12pm-1am, The Cottage. Live
music, raffles, silent auctions as
6 WEEK BEGINNER SELF
DEFENSE 6:30-8:30pm, AHA!
BEACH DINING GUIDE
JACK’S FARM TO FORK
239-463-8615
Gulf-front Dining and Sustainable Agriculture at Pink Shell
Beach Resort & Marina. Using only the freshest ingredients
using local and sustainable foods, Jack’s chefs provide
a steady supply of interesting and intriguing options to
elevate your dining experience. Offering Small Plates,
Salads, Soup, Large Plates and Desserts. Breakfast
Buffet daily 7:30-11am. Dinner Monday-Saturday 5-10pm.
Reservations Recommended.
275 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #32
www.pinkshell.com/jacks
PINCHERS BEACH TIKI BAR
239-463-2909
Home of the 2 for 1 Happy Hour All Day Every Day this is a
perfect choice for lunch, afternoon snacks or a sunset dinner.
Offering tasty seafood creations, sandwiches, salads, ribs and
pasta plus a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner.Call ahead
seating available. Located behind the Wyndham Garden
Hotel. Live music every weekend. Hours: 11am-10pm.
6890 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #4
PinchersUSA.com
BEACH BUMS
239-314-5384
Under the new ownership of Lonnie and Laura, this café offers a
bright, clean atmosphere with a large selection of tasty items to
choose from including flatbreads, salads, subs and wraps, pizza,
lobster rolls and calzones. Beer and wine available. Desserts
include cheesecake, key lime pie and cannoli! Outdoor pet-friendly
seating. And they deliver! Open 11am-2:30am daily.
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grow your business. Solutions that result from getting your message
in front of our 2,000,000 annual readers. Between our Web options,
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can deliver results. If you don’t believe us, ask our advertisers. They
are some of the most successful businesses in our community!
1661 Estero Blvd, FMB MAP #1
PIERSIDE GRILL & BLOWFISH BAR
FortMyersBeach.news
239-765-7800
Located right next to the Public Pier in Time Square, this
is the perfect spot to enjoy a Gulf-side meal, snack or cold
drink. Featuring their almost famous beach bread, incredible
seafood platter and award-winning ribs, this is a great place
for the whole family with kid’s meals available. The Blowfish
Bar offers a full liquor bar and award-winning frozen drinks.
Live Music every afternoon & evening. Hours: 11am-11pm.
1000 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #5
PETE’S TIME OUT
PierSideGrill.com
239-463-5900
This open-air favorite right in the heart of Times Square is one
of the oldest family establishments in the area. Sit outside
and watch the action or hang out at the covered bar. Serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring fresh grouper to prime
rib to chili cheese fries. Or just enjoy a cold beverage from the
full bar. Try their famous Mojitos.
Live Music • Full Bar Open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
1190 Estero Blvd., FMB MAP #31 beachbumsftmyersbeach.coms
Times Square, Downtown FMB MAP #8
SKYE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & MORE
CASTAWAYS BAR & GRILL
239-463-7707
239-463-4461
PetesTimeOut.com
239-463-4644
An island institution for over 20 years, Skye’s in Santini Plaza
is a gathering place for good food and tasty drinks for both
locals and visitors. Serving an American breakfast menu, with
sandwiches, soups, salads, appetizers and Mexican entrees
and desserts available for lunch and dinner. Happy Hour all
day until 6pm. Hours: Breakfast 7am-2pm; Lunch 11am-2pm;
Dinner from 2pm.
Great hospitality, fun and live music on the island! Open
for lunch and dinner with extensive menu including soups,
salads, seafood baskets, steaks, burgers and wings. Friendly
environment that attracts both locals and visitors. Full bar.
Live Music Thursday-Saturday. Hours: 11am-2am.
7205 Estero Blvd., FMB MAP #11 SkyesFortMyers Beach.com
7205 Estero Blvd., FMB MAP #7 facebook.com/CastawaysFMB
FOR HELP WITH DIRECTIONS SEE MAP ON PAGE 22
SAND LIFE
April 2016
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. See Apr 5
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
TUESDAY, APRIL 12TH
Wayne DeLoria, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Tommy V
8pm-12am, Castaways
Toucan Do
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
The Bad Banditos
9pm-1am, Cottage
Meagan Rose 5-8pm, Outrigger
Robbie Hutto
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Pete Beard 1-5pm; Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
John Friday
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Beauty and the Bass
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time
Out
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; Remedy,
8:30pm-12:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
page 21
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
See Apr 6
Wednesday,
April 13
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
Anthony Wayne
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Resort. See Apr 6
COMMERCIAL FISHING
FLEET TOUR 9am -Noon.
Ostego Bay Foundation.
See Apr 6
QUILTING 9am-1pm, Beach
Library. Quilters just starting out,
or those working on long-term
projects gather to enjoy both
quilting and conversation. $2 setup fee. 239-765-8162
Cont’d pg.24
BEACH DINING GUIDE
GULFSHORE GRILL
239-765-5440
The Cottage Beach Bar & Gulfshore Grill is a popular restaurant and
bar destination that offers fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico from
every table! A local’s favorite for 40 years, we offer the best in Ft Myers
night life and are one of the top Ft Myers Beach bars in the area. Enjoy
the freshest seafood on Fort Myers Beach. If you’re looking to enjoy
a non-seafood dish try our Certified Angus Beef, Ribs, Wings, or our
extensive 60-item salad bar. Open 8am to 2am daily
12500 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #6
BOOTLEGGER’S WATERFRONT
gulfshoregrill.com
239-463-3043
This favorite destination on San Carlos Island faces Estero
Bay, with indoor/outdoor seating. Besides some of the best
BBQ in the area, this location is a favorite with sports fans for
viewing their favorite team. They offer Live Music and a Full
Bar. Normally Open Daily · 3:00 pm – 9:00pm.
2200 Main St., FMB
MAP #17
BootleggersBarbeque.com
PARROT KEY CARIBBEAN GRILL
239-463-3257
Along with Bootlegger’s, this colorful venue is located within
the Salty Sam’s Marina complex and overlooks the busy
marina and beautiful Estero Bay. If one is busy, head to the
other. The Parrot Key menu offers colorful and tasty frozen
drinks plus Caribbean and diverse American menu selections
to please all palates. Live Music • Full Bar Normally open
Daily · 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
2500 Main Street, FMB
MAP #18
THE BEACH THEATER
MyParrotKey.com
239-765-9000
Beach Theater is a family-owned Movie Theater showing only
the best first-run movies in a clean, comfortable environment.
Their extensive menu offers appetizers, salads, wraps,
sandwiches and more, all made fresh to order. Wine and beer
also available. Sit back and let the friendly wait staff serve you
while you enjoy the movie! Check the schedule online.
6425 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #12
fmbtheater.com
FRANCESCO’S RESTAURANT, DELI, BAKERY, & PIZZERIA
239-463-5634
This authentic Italian destination has it all. Breakfast menu, Italian
dinners, pizza, deli goods, fresh bakery, sandwiches, salads, subs,
& ice cream. Inside/outside seating plus carryout and catering
available. Mon-Sat 9:30am to 9:30pm , Sun 11am to 7:30pm
7205 Estero Blvd., Santini Marina Plaza MAP # 23
francescosfortmyersbeach.com
SUNSET BEACH TROPICAL GRILL & “THE PLAYMOR” TIKI BAR
239-463-1028
This location on the beach by Times Square dates back to
the original Beach Schoolhouse location in the 1950’s. Today
we have added great food and your favorite libations with live
entertainment for a complete Ft. Myers Beach experience.
Offerings include lunch, dinner, & bar food menus, along with
an extensive wine list and bar offerings. Open at 11am daily.
1028 Estero Blvd., Times Square MAP #30
sunsetbeachtropicalgrill.com
TUCKAWAY BAGEL & WAFFLE CAFE’
239-463-5398
A European style coffee shop located on beautiful Fort
Myers Beach serving delicious bagel sandwiches, Belgian
wafels, fruit smoothies, iced coffees and brewed and
specialty coffees made with Lavazza espresso. Free WiFi,
Pet friendly. Indoor/Outdoor seating • Breakfast/Lunch
Open Daily · 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
1740 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #19
BAYFRONT BISTRO
TuckawayCoffeeFMB.com
239-463-3663
A beautiful waterfront dining experience at Fort Myers Beach’s
premier mid-island location within Snook Bight Yacht Club and
Marina. Arrive by land or water, then sit back and enjoy the
stunning back bay surroundings as you delight in the tastes of the
Bayfront Bistro kitchen. Award winning menu and wine selection.
Reservations accepted. Between Matanzas Pass Channel
Marker 27 and 29. Open Daily 11:30am - 10pm/close
1661 Estero Blvd., FMB
MAP #22
BayFrontBistro.com
FOR HELP WITH DIRECTIONS SEE MAP ON PAGE 22
SAND LIFE
page 22
April 2016
Beaches ... everywhere
• SHRIMP DOCKS
North side of the anchorage
•
•
•
•
•
1. SAND PAPER/ SAND LIFE
2. PRINT SHOP INK
3. FISH TALE MARINA
4. PINCHERS
5. BEACH PIERSIDE
6. GULFSHORE GRILL
7. CASTAWAYS
• BOWDITCH POINT
8. PETE’S TIME OUT
9. FMB INSURANCE
10. SALTY SAM’S
11. SKYE’S RESTAURANT
12. BEACH THEATER
13. KRAZY WOMAN KAYAK
14. GOOD TIME CHARTERS
On the north end (left side) of the island
15. BEACH BOWL
16. LIGHTHOUSE TIKI BAR
17. BOOTLEGGERS
18. PARROT KEY
19. TUCKAWAY CAFE
20. MATANZAS ON THE BAY
21. BEACH LIBRARY
22. BAYFRONT BISTRO
23. FRANCESCO’S
24. LOCAL COLOR
25. TIMES SQUARE TATTOOS
26. AQUAGENE SPA
27. COMFORT BY DESIGN
28. ISLAND JEWEL
29. QUICKY CYCLES
30. SUNSET BEACH
31. BEACH BUMS
32. JACKS’ FARM TO FORK
SAND LIFE
April 2016
• Lover’s Key State park
• beach pool
page 23
Next island south of the beach
• Beach pier / Times Square
•
SAND LIFE
page 24
CONT’D FROM PG.21
BEACH BAPTIST
FARMER’S MARKET
9am-2pm, Beach Baptist Parking
Lot. Fresh vegetables, crafts,
sunglasses and more.
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
See Apr 2
Cadillac Blue
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Pete Beard
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Rich Lancaster
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Clubhouse, 17601 San Carlos
Boulevard. 239-481-0163
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Pete Beard,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, James
Gragg, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
Frank Thompson
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; White Girl
Wasted, 10pm-1am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
ART EXHIBIT
Girl Meets Boy
6:30-9:30pm, Doc Fords
Wayne DeLoria, 1-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Chucky from Kentucky, 1-4pm;
Deb & Ray, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Wayward Souls
8pm-12am, Castaways
Frank Thompson, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
See Apr 6
10am-3pm, FMB Art Association
Gallery. See Apr 9.
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
(SUP) YOGA
10am, Good Time Charters at
Snook Bight Marina. See Apr 6
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
See Apr 1
FARMER’S MARKET
10am-3pm, The Village Shoppes
at Health Park, corner of
Summerlin and Bass Roads, Ft.
Myers. Rain or shine.
AFTERNOON MOVIE AT
THE LIBRARY
1:30pm, Beach Library. Showing
“Wondrous Boccaccio” about
ten children who escape plaguestricken Florence and seek
shelter in a countryside estate
where they tell stories that helps
them cope with the uncertainties
of life. Pre-register at least one
day in advance. 239-765-8162
BINGO
6:30-9:30pm, American Legion,
899 Buttonwood.
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
7pm, Valerie’s
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Ya-Ya,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
DJ TK, 1-5pm; 10,000 Views,
10pm-1am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Eric Phelps, 2-5pm; DVS Duo,
7-10pm, La Ola
Chucky From Kentucky
12-4pm, Bonita Bills
Steve Farst
9pm-1am, Cottage
Two Hands 5-8pm, Outrigger
April 2016
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
LAKES PARK REGIONAL
FARMERS MARKET
9am-1pm, Lakes Park, 7300
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. See
Apr 1
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
Offered MO, WE & FR. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 1
WORDSTOCK
1:30pm, Beach Library. Come
and read, listen and celebrate
original works. Hosted by local
provocateur wrob. 239-765-8162
‘GROW THE GARDEN’
GALA AND ART AUCTION
8am, Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 5
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
FLOW STYLE YOGA
Mary Winner
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
4:30-7:30pm, Lakes Park, 7330
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers.
Hors D’Oeuvres, entertainment,
live and silent auctions and park
tours. All proceeds benefit the
continued development of the
Children’s Learning Garden - the
next step along the path of the
Botanic Garden at Lakes Park.
$50 per couple, $30 per person
or $100 per couple for VIP
tickets. 239-533-7575, ext. 5.
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
ADULT PIRATE CRUISE
Thursday,
April 14
PUMP 61 CLASS
9am, Bay Oaks; 6:30pm, sunset
beach yoga on the sand at Pink
Shell Resort. See Apr 7
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS – WALKING TRIP
9:30am, van leaves Bay
Oaks. Briggs Nature Center.
Wear walking shoes and bring
binoculars if you like. We will
stop for lunch after the walk. $4/
member; $6/non-member. 239765-4222
N2L 5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki
Bar (Wyndham Garden)
Anthony Wayne
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Frank Torino 7-10pm, Parrot Key
The New Vinyls
9pm-1am, Cottage
Friday,
April 15
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS. SEE
APR 7
FARMERS MARKET
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
See Apr 7
GOING FURTHER WITH
YOUR IPAD/IPHONE
10:30am, Beach Library. Learn
about the virtual keyboard, using
the calendar and reminders,
getting directions, controlling
your notifications and changing
settings. Pre-register. 239-7658162
CORN HOLE COMPETITION
5pm, Beach Bowl, 17651 San
Carlos Boulevard. 239-466-3033
Sam DiAmore
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
BINGO NIGHT
Endre D
5-8pm, Outrigger
BINGO
6-9pm, Valerie’s Lounge
7pm, Bayside Estates
7:30-11:30am, Fort Myers Beach
Pool parking lot. See Apr 1
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
LAUGHTER YOGA
8-9am. Lynn Hall Park (near
playground). See Apr 1
YOGA AT NEWTON PARK
8:15am, Gentle Flow - all
levels; 9:30am, Power Yoga
- intermediate to advanced.
Newton Park. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 1
PROGRESSIVE BRIDGE 9:30am, FMB Woman’s Club,
175 Sterling Street. See Apr 1
7pm, Pieces of Eight Adult Pirate
Cruise at Salty Sam’s Marina.
See Apr 1
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm, Times Square. Live
music, food & fun with High Tide
SHRINE BINGO
6:30pm-Early Bird; 7pm-regular.
19171 San Carlos Blvd. See
Apr 1
CHARITY CONCERT: THE A
CAPPELA GROUP
7:15pm, Shell Point Village. The
A Cappella Group, comprised
of 23 award-winning students
from Cypress Lake High School,
recently scored a coveted spot
to compete at the International
Champions High School A
Cappella Finals in New York City.
$10. 239-454-2290
SOUND HEALING
CONCERT
7-8:30pm, AHA! A Holistic
Approach Center for Health &
Harmony, 15971 McGregor, Fort
Myers. With more than 50 crystal
and Tibetan bowls, Robert Austin
opens the door to healing for all
levels of consciousness. Feel the
healing vibrations of sound that
soothe both your ears and your
soul. $20. 239-433-5995
SAND LIFE
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH
Pete Beard, 1-5pm; Jeff Whidby,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm; Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Sideshow Bob & Scotty, 1-5pm;
Myth, 9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Randy Cormier, 2-5pm; Beth
Thompson, 6:30-10:30pm, La
Ola
John Kiesling
12-4pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Patrick Murphy
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Love Hunter
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Allan Small
5-8pm, Outrigger
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Father Al & the Jazz
Congregation 6-9pm,
Matanzas on the Bay
YOGA ON THE BEACH
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
9-10am, Beach Pool. See Apr 2
David Johnson
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Hester Prynn
8pm-12am, Castaways
Live Music
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Steve Farst Trio
9pm-1am, Cottage
The Troublemakers
10pm-2am, Sunset Beach
Tropical Grill
Saturday,
April 16
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Resort. See Apr 2
CYCLE 61 CLASS 8:30-10am,
40/40: Body Pump & Spin. Beach
Baptist Church. See Apr 2
8:30-9:30am, Just north of the
pier. See Apr 2
Apr 2
AQUA JOGGING
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
See Apr 2
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY10am-1pm.
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 2
BINGO 2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm. Time Square. Live music,
food & fun with Manipulators
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; Steve Farst,
9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Scotty Bryan, 12-4pm; Mary
Winner, 5-9pm, Petey’s Upper
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Deck
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm &
6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Patrick Murphy, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Shane Russell, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Frank Thompson 1-5pm; Greg
Watts, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Jeff Greene 1-5pm,
Pete’s Time Out
Tommy V. Duo
2-5pm, Bootleggers
Meagan Rose & Smokin’ Bill
2-5pm, Outrigger
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Rockin Horse 6-9pm, Pinchers
Beach Tiki Bar (Wyndham
Garden)
Larry Maas 6-9pm, Lani Kai
Island View
Harry Boyle Show 7:30-10:30pm,
American Legion
Frank Torino 7-10pm, Parrot Key
Cont’d pg.26
#6 on map pg.22
April 2016
SAND LIFE
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CONT’D FROM PG.25
Monday,
April 18
The Bad Banditos
9pm-1am, Cottage
The Free Coasters
10pm-2am, Sunset Beach
Tropical Grill
Sunday,
April 17
BINGO
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
Scotty Bryan
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Will Kiser
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
GETTING STARTED WITH
EBOOKS 1:30pm, Beach
3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
Tuesday,
April 19
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
Noon-3pm. American Legion, 899
Buttonwood Dr.
BEACH YOGA 9am, Access 22
(Connecticut Street). See Apr 4
NASCAR PARTY
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
GUIDED BEACH WALK
YOGA
8am, Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 5
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 4
FLOW STYLE YOGA
SEASON OF PRAISE
9am, Bay Oaks; 11am, on the
sand at Pink Shell Resort. See
Apr 5
OUR UNIVERSE 10:30am,
Beach Library. Join Scott Flaig,
Cosmology Instructor, for an
interesting discussion about
the formation of the universe,
whether we are alone in the
universe and constellations that
can be found in the spring sky.
239-765-8162
Marina Plaza. See Apr 5
James Gragg, 1-5pm; Lee
Hagen, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
BINGO 2-5pm, Valerie’s
Lounge. 466-7788
CALOOSA CARVERS
DEMOS 9:30am-noon, Mound
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; DK TK,
6pm-12am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Sam’s Marina. See Apr 4
Two Hands, 1-4pm; Chucky from
Kentucky, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Resort. See Apr 4
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH
Royce Allgood 1-5pm; Smokin
Bill, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Gregg Watts 12-4pm; Wendell
Ray, 6-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Sean Bright, 1-5pm; Patrick
Murphy, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Laurie Star, 2-5pm; Chris Kemp,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Small Town
2-5pm, Outrigger
Deb & the Dynamics
1-4pm, Doc Fords
Toucan Do
2-5pm, Bootleggers
Sam DeArmond
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
CAR SHOW 5-7pm, Salty
YOGA 6pm, DiamondHead
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
MONDAY, APRIL 18TH
Anthony Wayne, 1-5pm; Chris
Casdia, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm; Open
Mic Jam Night, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
DJ TK, 1-5pm; Steve Farst
Experience, 8:30pm-12:30am,
Lani Kai Beach Bar
9am. Newton Park, 4650 Estero
Blvd. See Apr 5
SANTINI SUNRISE FRESH
MARKET 9am-1pm, Santini
House. See Apr 5
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS– BIKE TRIP
9:30am, van leaves Bay Oaks.
Cape Haze Pioneer Trail. We will
transport your bike or you can
meet us at the destination. Bring
sunscreen, water and a packed
lunch. $10/member; $12/nonmember. 239-765-4222
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 5
TODDLER TUESDAY
Ira Wilkes
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Troublemakerz
9pm-1am, Cottage
Sideshow Bob
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH
Pete Beard 1-5pm; Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; Remedy,
8:30pm-12:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Robert Blakey
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
LIVERPOOL RUMMY
Meagan Rose
5-8pm, Outrigger
10am, FMB Woman’s Club. 175
Sterling Street. Open to men, too.
463-3755.
Michael DiAmore
7-10pm, Parrot Key
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. See Apr 5
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
Briz & Lady, 2-5pm; Smokin Bill,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Geo 5-8pm, Outrigger
6 WEEK BEGINNER SELF
DEFENSE 6:30-8:30pm, AHA!
Wayne DeLoria, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
5:45pm. Newton Park. See Apr 5
10-11am. Bay Oaks Recreational
Campus. See Apr 5
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Alan Small
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
MINI MASTERS GOLF
TOURNEY 4pm, Jungle
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 5
PUMP 61 CLASS
Church. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 4
Library. Learn how to download
and read eBooks. Bring your
eReader. Pre-register. 239-7658162
Golf. The 4th annual FMB
Mini Masters Golf Tournament
sponsored by the FMB
Chamber of Commerce is
open to everyone! First tee
time 4pm. Only 18 teams with
8 players/team will tee off
at Jungle Golf. 19th hole at
Pincher’s Crab Shack on San
Carlos Blvd. More fun than a
barrel of monkeys! Cost $240/
team. Gallery $5. Register at
fortmyersbeachminimasters.com
or call the Chamber 239-4547500.
1:13pm, Food City 500. Hoosiers
in Paradise
6:15pm, Shell Point Village.
This four-time Gospel Music
Association award-winning men’s
trio exploded onto the Canadian
Music scene in 2011 with their
debut album, “Sing presents...
Tenore,” soaring to international
acclaim. $10. 239-454-2147
April 2016
natural and human history of this
most unique and archeological
and historical site. $5, free for
Mound House members. 239765-0865
BOOK DISCUSSION
10:30am, Beach Library.
Discussion of 2 A.M. at the
Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene
Bertino. 239-765-8162
HISTORY OF THE MOUND
HOUSE 11am and 2pm, Mound
House. Explore the diverse
Sam DeArmond
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
John Friday
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Beauty and the Bass
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Anthony Wayne
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Fritz’s Duo
8pm-12am, Castaways
The Bad Banditos
9pm-1am, Cottage
Robbie Hutto
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Wednesday,
April 20
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
SAND LIFE
crystals and healing stones your
chakras are balanced and you
Thursday,
are brought to a state of well
being and deep relaxation. 1/2
April 21
hour, $50; 1 hour, $85. 239-4335995
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
1:30pm, Beach Library.
Registered Nurse Kelley Taylor
will share daily tension reducing
practices. 239-765-8162
10TH ANNUAL FORT
MYERS BEACH FILM
FESTIVAL
2pm, Opening ceremony at
Beach Theater, followed by
screenings all day. Tickets at
fmbfilmfest.com
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
BINGO
YOGA
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
8:30am, DiamondHead Resort.
See Apr 6
WATER AEROBICS
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
COMMERCIAL FISHING
FLEET TOUR
6:30-9:30pm, American Legion,
899 Buttonwood.
7pm, Valerie’s
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Ya-Ya,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
9am -Noon. Ostego Bay
Foundation. See Apr 6
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
BEACH BAPTIST
FARMER’S MARKET
DJ TK, 1-5pm; 10,000 Views,
10pm-1am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
9am-2pm, Beach Baptist Parking
Lot. Fresh vegetables, crafts,
sunglasses and more.
Eric Phelps, 2-5pm; DVS Duo,
7-10pm, La Ola
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
Chucky From Kentucky
12-4pm, Bonita Bills
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
See Apr 2
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 6
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 6
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
(SUP) YOGA
10am, Good Time Charters at
Snook Bight Marina. See Apr 6
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
See Apr 1
FARMER’S MARKET
10am-3pm, The Village Shoppes
at Health Park, corner of
Summerlin and Bass Roads, Ft.
Myers. Rain or shine.
PRIVATE SOUND HEALING
SESSIONS 11am-4pm, AHA!
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. With the
sounds and tones of than crystal
and Tibetan bowls, tuning forks,
BIRD PATROL TOUR
7:30am, Bunche Beach.
Experience one of the best
birding sites in Lee County.
Bring binoculars, sun protection,
shoes that can get wet, a bottle
of drinking water. Guides: Elaine
Swank and Meg Rousher 239707-3015. Free with paid parking.
www.birdpatrol.org
PUMP 61 CLASS 8am, Beach
Baptist Church. See Apr 5
FLOW STYLE YOGA
9am, Bay Oaks; 6:30pm, sunset
beach yoga on the sand at Pink
Shell Resort. See Apr 7
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS– KAYAK TRIP
9:30am, van leaves Bay Oaks.
Imperial River. Bring sunscreen,
water and packed lunch. $25/
member; $30/non-member. 239765-4222.
APPS FOR IPAD/IPHONE
10:30am, Beach Library. Learn
about using the Apps, iTunes,
and iBooks stores, including
searching, downloading and
paying for items and restoring
Sam DiAmore
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Endre D
5-8pm, Outrigger
Cadillac Blue
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Rich Lancaster
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Pete Beard
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Frank Thompson
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Girl Meets Boy
6:30-9:30pm, Doc Fords
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Steve Farst
9pm-1am, Cottage
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deleted items. Pre-register. 239765-8162
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
See Apr 7
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
See Apr 7
10TH ANNUAL FORT
MYERS BEACH FILM
FESTIVAL 3-11pm, screenings
at Beach Theater. Tickets at
fmbfilmfest.com
CORN HOLE COMPETITION
5pm, Beach Bowl, 17651 San
Carlos Boulevard. 239-466-3033
BINGO NIGHT
6-9pm, Valerie’s Lounge
BINGO
7pm, Bayside Estates
Clubhouse, 17601 San Carlos
Boulevard. 239-481-0163
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST
Chucky from Kentucky, 1-4pm;
Deb & Ray, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Pete Beard,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Cont’d pg.28
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CONT’D FROM PG.27
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; White Girl
Wasted, 10pm-1am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, James
Gragg, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Wayne DeLoria, 1-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Frank Thompson, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Two Hands 5-8pm, Outrigger
N2L 5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki
Bar (Wyndham Garden)
Anthony Wayne
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Mary Winner
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
The New Vinyls
9pm-1am, Cottage
Friday,
April 22
FARMERS MARKET
7:30-11:30am, Fort Myers Beach
Pool parking lot. See Apr 1
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
Offered MO, WE & FR. See Apr 1
Sideshow Bob & Scotty, 1-5pm;
10,000 Views, 9:30pm-1:30am,
Lani Kai Beach Bar
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 2
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
Pete Beard, 1-5pm; Jeff Whidby,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
10TH ANNUAL FORT
MYERS BEACH FILM
FESTIVAL
See Apr 1
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
TO THE SOUTH AND EAST
SIDES OF ESTERO BAY
10am-2pm. Bonita Beach. Visit
this lovely river as it gently
pours into Estero Bay through
winding mangrove mazes, a very
productive estuarine environment
with up to 300 species of birds
and a wide variety of aquatic
species. See how important the
estuaries of the world are to life
on this planet. $50. 239-6945513.
NETWORK SECURITY
10:30am, Beach Library. Join
Electronic Services Librarian,
Chris, to learn how to protect
yourself from compromising
your computer and your identity
online. Pre-register. 239-7658162
10TH ANNUAL FORT
MYERS BEACH FILM
FESTIVAL
11am-1:30pm, Workshop – Red
Flight Pictures, $30; Sunset, film
on the beach – Disney’s ‘Inside
Out’ Free; 3-11pm, screenings
at Beach Theater. Tickets at
fmbfilmfest.com
STORIES ABOUT FORT
MYERS BEACH
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
1:30pm, Beach Library. Local
Author, Mary Kaye Stevens, talks
about her latest book, the third
in the Images of America Series,
that she wrote in conjunction with
the Estero Island Historic Society.
239-765-8162
LAUGHTER YOGA
ADULT PIRATE CRUISE
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8-9am. Lynn Hall Park (near
playground). See Apr 1
YOGA AT NEWTON PARK
8:15am, Gentle Flow - all
levels; 9:30am, Power Yoga
- intermediate to advanced.
Newton Park. See Apr 1
PROGRESSIVE BRIDGE 9:30am, FMB Woman’s Club,
175 Sterling Street. See Apr 1
WATER AEROBICS
Randy Cormier, 2-5pm; Beth
Thompson, 6:30-10:30pm, La
Ola
John Kiesling
12-4pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
BINGO
Allan Small
5-8pm, Outrigger
SUNSET CELEBRATION
Father Al & the Jazz
Congregation
6-9pm, Matanzas on the Bay
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
LAKES PARK REGIONAL
FARMERS MARKET
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Bay Oaks Fitness. See Apr 1
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm; Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Scotty Bryan, 12-4pm; Mary
Winner, 5-9pm, Petey’s Upper
Deck
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
David Johnson
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm &
6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Patrick Murphy, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
Frank Thompson 1-5pm; Greg
Watts, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Steve Farst Trio
9pm-1am, Cottage
Shane Russell, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
DVS 9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Jeff Greene
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Three Crooked Steps 10pm-2am,
Sunset Beach Tropical Grill
Saturday,
April 23
CYCLE 61 CLASS
6:30pm-Early Bird; 7pm-regular.
19171 San Carlos Blvd. See
Apr 1
5-9pm. Time Square. Live music,
food & fun with Troublemakerz
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; Steve Farst,
9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
SUNSET CELEBRATION
SHRINE BINGO
2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
YOGA
5-9pm, Times Square. Live
music, food & fun with High Tide
11am-1:30pm, Workshop –
‘Bringing Your Short Film to a
Feature Film’, $40; 3-11pm,
screenings at Beach Theater.
Tickets at fmbfilmfest.com
Patrick Murphy
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
7pm, Pieces of Eight Adult Pirate
Cruise at Salty Sam’s Marina.
See Apr 1
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
FRIDAY, APRIL 22ND
9am-1pm, Lakes Park, 7300
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. See
Apr 1
April 2016
8:30am, DiamondHead Resort.
See Apr 2
8:30-10am, 40/40: Body Pump &
Spin. Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 2
YOGA ON THE BEACH
8:30-9:30am, Just north of the
pier. See Apr 2
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 2
AQUA JOGGING
9-10am, Beach Pool. See Apr 2
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR IN
ESTERO BAY
10am-1pm. Bonita Beach. See
Apr 2
Meagan Rose & Smokin’ Bill
2-5pm, Outrigger
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Dazzling Delrays
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Rick Howard & the Speedbumps
6-9pm, Bootleggers
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
The Manipulators
8pm-12am, Castaways
Simple Jack
9pm-1am, Cottage
NostalJah
10pm-2am, Sunset Beach
Tropical Grill
SAND LIFE
April 2016
Sunday,
April 24
BINGO
Monday,
April 25
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
MONDAY, APRIL 25TH
Anthony Wayne, 1-5pm; Chris
Casdia, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
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Tuesday,
April 26
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm; Open
Mic Jam Night, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
PUMP 61 CLASS 8am, Beach
Noon-6pm, Valerie’s. Inaugural
event hosted by the Tabarrini
Foundation. Non-stop live music,
raffles, prizes and much more.
WATER AEROBICS
DJ TK, 1-5pm; Steve Farst
Experience, 8:30pm-12:30am,
Lani Kai Beach Bar
9am, Bay Oaks; 11am, on the
sand at Pink Shell Resort. See
Apr 5
NASCAR PARTY
BEACH YOGA
9am, Access 22 (Connecticut
Street). See Apr 4
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Noon-3pm. American Legion, 899
Buttonwood Dr.
SOUND WAVE FESTIVAL
1:13pm, Toyota Owners 400.
Hoosiers in Paradise
10TH ANNUAL FORT
MYERS BEACH FILM
FESTIVAL
2pm, awards ceremony; 4pm,
showing of ‘Peoples Choice’ film.
Tickets at fmbfilmfest.com
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH
Royce Allgood 1-5pm; Smokin
Bill, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
James Gragg, 1-5pm; Lee
Hagen, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Two Hands, 1-4pm; Chucky from
Kentucky, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Gregg Watts 12-4pm; Wendell
Ray, 6-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Sean Bright, 1-5pm; Patrick
Murphy, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; DK TK,
6pm-12am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
Laurie Star, 2-5pm; Chris Kemp,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Small Town
2-5pm, Outrigger
Deb & the Dynamics
1-4pm, Doc Fords
Toucan Do
2-5pm, Bootleggers
Rich Lancaster
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Michael DiAmore
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Troublemakerz
9pm-1am, Cottage
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
Church. See Apr 1
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS. See
Apr 4
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
See Apr 4
Android Devices
10:30am, Beach Library. This
class concentrates on using
the basic features. Includes
searching for and downloading
apps and widgets and offers
other helpful tips. Pre-register.
239-765-8162
BINGO
Briz & Lady, 2-5pm; Smokin Bill,
6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Alan Small
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Geo
5-8pm, Outrigger
Ira Wilkes
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Scotty Bryan
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Sideshow Bob
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Will Kiser
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge. 4667788
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
YOGA 3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
6pm, DiamondHead Resort. See
Apr 4
Baptist Church. See Apr 5
FLOW STYLE YOGA
GUIDED BEACH WALK
9am. Newton Park, 4650 Estero
Blvd. See Apr 5
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
See Apr 5
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS – TAMPA
AQUARIUM 9am, van leaves
Bay Oaks. Large scale, 25,000
foot aquarium that is home to
more than 20,000 aquatic plants
and animals from Florida and
all over the world. Register by
April 12. $25/member; $30/nonmember. 239-765-4222.
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
See Apr 5
SANTINI SUNRISE FRESH
MARKET
9am-1pm, Santini Marina Plaza.
See Apr 5
TODDLER TUESDAY
10-11am. Bay Oaks Recreational
Campus. See Apr 5
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CONT’D FROM PG.29
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR
IN ESTERO BAY 10am-1pm.
Bonita Beach. See Apr 2
LIVERPOOL RUMMY
10am, FMB Woman’s Club. 175
Sterling Street. Open to men, too.
463-3755.
PEOPLE OF THE MOUND
HOUSE 11am and 2pm, Mound
House. An engaging opportunity
to learn about the people who
have lived on this unique site
over the past 2,000 years and
how the various inhabitants
influenced the different aspects
of its history. 239-765-0865
YOGA
5:45pm. Newton Park. See Apr 5
6 WEEK BEGINNER SELF
DEFENSE 6:30-8:30pm, AHA!
A Holistic Approach Center
for Health & Harmony, 15971
McGregor, Fort Myers. See Apr 5
BOARD MEETING 6:30pm,
Beach Library. Monthly meeting
of the Library Board to discuss
and review current library
activities and plans.
239-765-8162
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH
Pete Beard 1-5pm; Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Nelson Williams, 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, Royce
Allgood, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; Remedy,
8:30pm-12:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Wayne DeLoria, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Tommy V
8pm-12am, Castaways
The Bad Banditos
9pm-1am, Cottage
Robbie Hutto
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Wednesday,
April 27
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
FARMER’S MARKET
8am, Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 5
FLOW STYLE YOGA
9am, Bay Oaks; 6:30pm, sunset
beach yoga on the sand at Pink
Shell Resort. See Apr 7
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
WATER AEROBICS
CORN HOLE COMPETITION
PLANT SALE 9am-noon,
Lakes Regional Park.7330
Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers. Most
of the plants for sale have been
grown in the Fragrance garden
from cuttings or seed, so visitors
can see the mature plant in its
natural setting. Selection includes
succulents, small trees, native
plants, herbs, bromeliads, roses,
spider lily bulbs and more. Master
Gardeners will be available to
answer questions. $1/hr parking
with max of $5/day.
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
BINGO NIGHT
COMMERCIAL FISHING
FLEET TOUR 9am -Noon.
Eric Phelps, 2-5pm; DVS Duo,
7-10pm, La Ola
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
6:30-9:30pm, American Legion,
899 Buttonwood.
7pm, Valerie’s
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Ya-Ya,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Dave Collaton, 1-5pm, Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
DJ TK, 1-5pm; 10,000 Views,
10pm-1am, Lani Kai Beach Bar
See Apr 7
BAY OAKS FITNESS.
See Apr 7
5pm, Beach Bowl, 17651 San
Carlos Boulevard. 239-466-3033
6-9pm, Valerie’s Lounge
BINGO 7pm, Bayside Estates
Clubhouse, 17601 San Carlos
Boulevard. 239-481-0163
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH
Chucky from Kentucky, 1-4pm;
Deb & Ray, 6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Smokin’ Bill 1-5pm; Pete Beard,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Chucky From Kentucky
12-4pm, Bonita Bills
DJ Firedog, 1-5pm; White Girl
Wasted, 10pm-1am, Lani Kai
Beach Bar
Library. Quilters just starting out,
or those working on long-term
projects gather to enjoy both
quilting and conversation. $2 setup fee. 239-765-8162
Sam DiAmore
4:30-7:30pm, Bootleggers
Rob Matson, 1-5pm, James
Gragg, 6-10pm, Pete’s Time Out
Endre D
5-8pm, Outrigger
Frank Thompson, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 6
Cadillac Blue
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Wayne DeLoria, 1-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Pete Beard
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Two Hands
5-8pm, Outrigger
Rich Lancaster
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
N2L
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Ostego Bay Foundation. See
Apr 6
QUILTING 9am-1pm, Beach
BEACH BAPTIST
FARMER’S MARKET
Anthony Wayne
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Kathy Pflugrad, President of the
Bonita Springs Tropical Fruit
Club, will share information about
the fascinating array of tropical
fruits available for eating and
growing in SWFL. 239-765-8162
PUMP 61 CLASS
BINGO
Sam DeArmond
5-8pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
Just the 2 Of Us
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
TROPICAL FRUITS OF
SWFL 1:30pm, Beach Library.
Thursday,
April 28
Resort. See Apr 6
YOGA 8:30am, DiamondHead
Apr 6
John Friday
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
10:15am, van leaves Bay Oaks.
Heidi’s Bistro. $2/member; $3/
non-member. 239-765-4222.
10am-3pm, The Village Shoppes
at Health Park, corner of
Summerlin and Bass Roads, Ft.
Myers. Rain or shine.
Meagan Rose 5-8pm, Outrigger
Beauty and the Bass
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS) – OUT TO
BRUNCH BUNCH
April 2016
9am-2pm, Beach Baptist Parking
Lot. Fresh vegetables, crafts,
sunglasses and more.
GUIDED KAYAK TOUR
9:30am-12:30pm, Mound House.
See Apr 2
STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
(SUP) YOGA
10am, Good Time Charters at
Snook Bight Marina. See Apr 6
PILATES 10-11am, First Baptist
Church. See Apr 1
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
Frank Thompson
6-10pm, Smokin Oyster Brewery
Girl Meets Boy
6:30-9:30pm, Doc Fords
Gatlin Dinner Show
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Steve Farst
9pm-1am, Cottage
Anthony Wayne
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
Mary Winner
5-9pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Gatlin
7-10pm, Bootleggers
The New Vinyls
9pm-1am, Cottage
SAND LIFE
April 2016
Friday,
April 29
FARMERS MARKET
7:30-11:30am, Fort Myers Beach
Pool parking lot. See Apr 1
CYCLE 61 CLASSES
8am, Spin; 9:15am, Abs; 10am,
Senior Spin and Tone. Beach
Baptist. See Apr 1
LAUGHTER YOGA
8-9am. Lynn Hall Park (near
playground). See Apr 1
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Apr 1
YOGA AT NEWTON PARK
discussed. Pre-register. 239-7658162
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
ADULT PIRATE CRUISE
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
7pm, Pieces of Eight Adult Pirate
Cruise at Salty Sam’s Marina.
See Apr 1
SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm, Times Square. Live
music, food & fun with High Tide
SHRINE BINGO
6:30pm-Early Bird; 7pm-regular.
19171 San Carlos Blvd. See
Apr 1
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE:
FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH
David Johnson
7-10pm, Parrot Key
Gatlin 7-10pm, Bootleggers
Wayward Souls
8pm-12am, Castaways
T-Bone Funk
9pm-1am, Valerie’s
Steve Farst Trio
9pm-1am, Cottage
Saturday,
April 30
Pete Beard, 1-5pm; Jeff Whidby,
6-10pm, PierSide Grill
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SUNSET CELEBRATION
5-9pm. Time Square. Live music,
food & fun with Manipulators
WHO’S PLAYING WHERE
SATURDAY, APRIL 30TH
Jammin G’s, 1-6pm; Introspect,
9:30pm-1:30am, Lani Kai Beach
Bar
Scotty Bryan, 12-4pm; Mary
Winner, 5-9pm, Petey’s Upper
Deck
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm &
6-9pm, Bonita Bills
Frank Thompson 1-5pm; Greg
Watts, 6-10pm, PierSide Grill
Patrick Murphy, 1-5pm; Dave
Collaton, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
Chucky from Kentucky 12-4pm;
Karaoke with Jim, 6-9pm, Bonita
Bills
YOGA
PROGRESSIVE BRIDGE Dave Collaton, 1-5pm; Anthony
Wayne, 6-10pm, Smokin Oyster
Brewery
BAY OAKS FITNESS. See
Jeff Greene
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
WATER AEROBICS
Sideshow Bob & Scotty, 1-5pm;
Introspect, 9:30pm-1:30am, Lani
Kai Beach Bar
CYCLE 61 CLASS
Tommy V. Duo
2-5pm, Bootleggers
8:15am, Gentle Flow - all
levels; 9:30am, Power Yoga
- intermediate to advanced.
Newton Park. See Apr 1
9:30am, FMB Woman’s Club,
175 Sterling Street. See Apr 1
9am, Beach Pool. Offered MO,
WE & FR. 239-463-5759
LAKES PARK REGIONAL
FARMERS MARKET
9am-1pm, Lakes Park, 7300
Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. See
Apr 1
PILATES
10-11am, First Baptist Church.
Offered MO, WE & FR. See Apr 1
Randy Cormier, 2-5pm; Beth
Thompson, 6:30-10:30pm, La
Ola
John Kiesling
12-4pm, Petey’s Upper Deck
Patrick Murphy
1-5pm, Pete’s Time Out
Allan Small 5-8pm, Outrigger
8:30am, DiamondHead Resort.
See Apr 2
Apr 2
8:30-10am, 40/40: Body Pump &
Spin. Beach Baptist Church. See
Apr 2
Shane Russel, 2-5pm; Phil
Oxford, 6:30-10:30pm, La Ola
Meagan Rose & Smokin’ Bill
2-5pm, Outrigger
YOGA ON THE BEACH
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
AQUA JOGGING
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
8:30-9:30am, Just north of the
pier. See Apr 2
9-10am, Beach Pool. See Apr 2
ESTUARY KAYAK TOUR IN
ESTERO BAY
Larry Maas
6-9pm, Lani Kai Island View
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS PROGRAMS.
Free Spirit
5-9pm, Lani Kai Sun Deck
10am-1pm. Bonita Beach. See
Apr 2
Harry Boyle Show
7:30-10:30pm, American Legion
FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Father Al & the Jazz
Congregation
6-9pm, Matanzas on the Bay
BAY OAKS SOCIAL
SENIORS (BOSS)
PROGRAMS. See Apr 2
Frank Torino
7-10pm, Parrot Key
See Apr 1
10:30am, Beach Library. What
is tweeting? How do I share
photos? These and other issues
regarding social media will be
Deb & the Dynamics
6-9pm, Pinchers Beach Tiki Bar
(Wyndham Garden)
BINGO
2-5pm, Valerie’s Lounge
3 Crooked Steps
9pm-1am, Cottage
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SAND LIFE
April 2016
A Field Guild to Fort Myers Beach: Manatees
One of the most iconic Fort Myers Beach residents is
the manatee, however many people don’t know that there are three
species of manatees that exist in the world: the West Indian, African
and Amazonian. In North America we have the West Indian manatee
subspecies - the aptly named Florida Manatee - as one of our many
“snowbird” residents. They can be found along Florida’s coasts and the
Caribbean during the winter and in summer travel as far north as the
Carolinas and out towards Louisiana, although they have been seen
in Rhode Island and in Texas during their summer travels. Florida
manatees can be found in both fresh and salty water as long as it is
warm. They cannot survive in cold water and rarely move into waters
below 68 degrees Fahrenheit due to their slow metabolism and lack of
insulating fat. Seems a bit odd seeing how large they are, but in fact
20% of their body mass is made up of stomach and intestines. Guess
it takes a lot of “guts” to be a manatee. (Yes it’s a bad pun, but moving
on).
Manatees are mostly solitary animals but during cold spells
manatees can be seen grouped together - known as aggregations in warmer shallow waters to stay out of the cold. They will also form
mating herds when a female is ready to breed. Twelve or more males
will follow a single female trying to mate with her. After breeding the
males head off and the female raises the baby, called a calf, by herself.
She then carries the calf for twelve months and gives birth underwater.
The calf learns how to swim about an hour after birth, but will nurse for
another one to two years. No wonder females only breed every two to
five years.
Manatees are known for their gentle disposition and slow
moving pace. These traits helped them earn the nickname ‘sea cow’.
That’s as far as the relationships to cows to go as manatees come from
the same line as elephants. Most manatee species even have vestigial
toenails on their flippers that look a lot like elephant toenails. Vestigial
body parts are parts of the body that no longer serve a function, but still
exist in the body. Manatees are vegetarians. They can eat up to nine
percent of their body weight every day eating aquatic plants such as
turtle grass, eel grass, cordgrass, as well as many others. They’re not
picky.
The Florida Manatee has no natural predators, people
however are another story. Historically manatees were hunted for food,
but today they are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act,
which prohibits the harassment and killing of all marine mammals.
The biggest threats to manatee survival are collisions with boats, loss
of warm water habitat and sea grass fields for food, entanglement in
fishing gear, and red tide. So I can’t stress enough please watch out for
the Florida Manatee when boating around Fort Myers Beach and please
pick up fishing line off the beach. The manatees will thank you for it.
Rae Blake
Environmental Technician,
Town of Fort Myers Beach
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SAND LIFE
Street Performer Spotlight
JR Norman: Beachscape Artisan
“Season” is winding down, but Time Square is still a great
place to see some fantastic entertaining artists. The term “artist” is often
thrown around when referring to street performers, but this month our
spotlight is on a true “beachscape artisan”: JR Norman.
Outside of “balloon girl” Nadja (coming to the May issue of
Sand Life Magazine), JR Norman is definitely one of the most seen artists
at Time Square. He can usually be found painting his masterpieces at
the corner of 1st Street and Estero Blvd in Time Square. Norman paints
beach and island scenes, his famous custom name signs with tropical
themes, and now he offers his handmade surfboards that he paints with
custom tropical images.
Originally from Key West, Norman knows a thing or two about
tropical scenes and he has been painting those images on “the street”
since he was 15 years old. From an early age, Norman, now 57 year
old, concentrated on two things: painting and surfing. Though surfing
was one of his loves, it wasn’t going to be his career choice. So, he
took his love for all things tropical and put it on almost anything that
he could take a brush to. While Norman has taken his artistic skills all
over the world, his love of the Caribbean has always brought him back
home. Besides Key West and Fort Myers Beach, he has also called
the Cayman Islands and Jamaica home over the years. Whether it’s
on paper, canvas or wood, his art always has an island flair and it’s not
hard to understand why people really love his creations.
Norman’s custom tropical name paintings were the first of
his works that I saw when visiting Ft. Myers Beach years ago. Each
letter of the alphabet was originally created by Norman himself. The
paintings make great personalized gifts, which are very popular with
our visitors to the beach. Norman’s use of vibrant colors make all of his
paintings pop off the canvas. Recently he decided to use surfboards as
his canvas. Rather than buying the surfboards to paint, Norman actually
shapes the pieces of wood himself, making every surfboard project an
original. These handcrafted surfboards are what make JR Norman a
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true artisan, but it’s not the only thing. In addition to making his own
surfboards, he also designs and creates his own brushes. These unique
brushes are what give his works their unique look.
Influenced by beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches and palm
trees, his work has developed a unique style recognized by many
worldwide. His works are privately collected around the world, and are
rapidly becoming more popular. The popularity of his art has encouraged
him to create a website that makes it very easy for his fans to view or
purchase his creations.
Norman can be found in Time Square nearly every day
when the sun shines on the beach. For more information about how to
get BJ’s products and services when not in Time Square, go to www.
lazybum.website or call 239-810-5896.
Mike Yost
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SAND LIFE
April 2016
Markle Sparkle’s
HOROSCOPES
Research asst: Java Jo
GENERAL COMMENTS:
From the Roman festival of Hilaria, to the Holi festival of India, and
the Medieval Feast of Fools, April has been known for centuries as
the month of ‘April Fools’. Though the practical jokes and hoaxes are
played on hapless victims, little attention has been placed on the secret
Cult of Pranksters who surface in April to wreak havoc on the sanity
of their clueless victims. Insidious, right? Yet some say they tenuously
hold the fabric of the universe together like glue. The more jokes, the
tighter the bond. Be alert! You could be next!
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)
We all know what happens when a butterfly flaps its wings in Asia (see,
‘The Butterfly Effect’ - no, not the movie, the definition). Anyway, down
here on the island the locals refer to this as the Damned Mosquito Effect.
Philosophers like everything all fluffy so they use butterflies. Locals ain’t
the fluffy type. We call it like we see it: the Damned Mosquito Effect.
The smacking of the hand on a mosquito is much more satisfying than
the flap of a butterfly wing. This is the month to smack some skeeters.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
The color blue is going to be extremely influential on your life’s journey
this month. Every time you actively notice the color blue a bird will sing a
song near you. If you are not distracted you will find great wisdom in the
songs of birds. At least that’s what I hear animal totems are supposed
to do for you. One thing, though - ignore the grackles. They’re just
annoying.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 21)
This month will come on like a game of billiards, and go out like a game
of pool. In other words, at first you feel like you’re just knocking the balls
around the table, but eventually you’ll find the pockets and clear the
table. And remember, your glass may be half empty, or half full, but at
least you’ve got a glass! For some reason green is a predominant color
for you this month.
CANCER (June 22 - July 22)
Every 24 hours the earth spins a full turn on its axis. We’ve at least
advanced beyond the primitive concept that the sun rises and sets. We
realize the world is really just spinning around, all wobbly-like. If you
stand in one place long enough all you have to do is turn around to
see the sun again. This phenomenon will come in handy this month.
By standing in one spot, unmoving except to turn around to face the
sun, you can stop your personal timeline. Everything else will just move
along while you stay in one place. It could work … really!
LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22)
Bongo riffs are going to pass through your life this month. The snappy
rhythms will add zest to your life every time you hear them. Could be
during Happy Hour, could be while you’re out on a pub crawl, or on
a romantic date (the best). You’ll be rolling along, all chit-chatty and
everything, and you’ll hear the bongos. First you’ll tap your fingers.
Then you’re foot will start tapping. Next thing you know you’ll be in full
beatnik mode having the time of your life. At this point close your eyes
halfway and snap your fingers. You’re in the groove!
VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)
If space really is the final frontier, and every time we open our eyes
we see space, the same space that the astronauts on Mars look at
(hey, ask Matt Damon if you don’t believe me) … well, that must mean
that this month your astronaut training has officially begun. Start looking
at the stars and planets as signposts, like I-75 or Rt. 41, and please
figure out where we are in the galaxy. Spaceship Earth (as Bucky Fuller
calls this place) has been on autopilot too long. Virgos are destined to
become the pilots.
LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 23)
Librans love fractals. You didn’t know that, did you? Of course not fractals are weird. You don’t do weird … or do you? Fractals are a neverending pattern with duplicating patterns across multiple dynamics,
broken up - fractured - by random apparent chaos. Librans are always
looking for balance, equity, union. Probably why you’re such neatniks.
You see a fractal and you’ve got to find the unifying factors to activate.
Could be why unpredictable weather patterns drive you crazy. Try to
chill this month.
SCORPIO (Oct 24 - Nov 21)
This is a great month for you to pay attention to the music in your life.
Subliminal messaging is a powerful thing, and song lyrics are the most
influential. Think about it - what’s one of the most requested songs in
beach bars? “Margaritaville!” What’s one of the most popular bar drinks?
You got it! Where do you go when you hear “Dark Side of the Moon?”
How about “Crazy?” Know what I mean. Music tames the savage beast.
This is the Love Month. Definitely NOT a Justin Bieber month!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
Macro fungi will insidiously slip into your life this month. It will creep
into your food, your meals, your salads, even! Usually this is of no big
concern as long as you control your intake. Just stay clear of any macro
fungi growing in cow pastures. These are only slated for use by Hopi
medicine men and certain retro-hippies living in the SW desert. Those
of you with a more civilized palate should only get yours from fresh food
markets.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
The full moon near the end of the month will act as a magnet for you
as you go through life this month. This does not mean you’ll turn into
a lunatic by Earth Day’s Full Moon, but that each day will act like a
slingshot hurling you into the purity of the full face of the moon shining
down on you. This will be when your super powers will be strongest.
You don’t think you have super powers? Not true! You have a chance
to find and hone your power this month. Well, unless it’s cloudy on the
22nd.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18)
Time to get rid of your old sneakers. Some of you are gonna have a real
problem with this but you’ve gotta do it. Sure, Governor Chiles walked
1,003-miles from Pensacola to Key West in the early 70s, but those
weren’t sneakers. Connie Mack III knew this when he succeeded him in
the Senate. What this has to do with anything … I don’t know.
PISCES (February 19 - March 20)
You guys are like two fish swimming into each other. One’s half full of
minnows, the other half empty of minnows. Kind of like the adage about
the glass with water in it. Half full - half empty. Worrying about which
it is. Reminds me of the middle class - arguing over which half you’ve
got. Hey, what about giving me a full glass to play with? Or, if you’re
a fisherman, catch both fish and make a stew! You want it all and you
deserve it!
Disclaimer:
Oh, come on - it’s April Fools Day! Take it in stride. I’m
just making this stuff up.
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Outdoor Recreation on Fort Myers Beach, Cont’d from pg.5
educational programs in the Preserve for
adults and students.
The Preserve is located at 199 Bay
Road, behind the Historic Cottage and Beach
Elementary School. (Turn just south of the
Beach Library) The Historic Cottage houses a
collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia
of life on Estero Island and is open on
Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to noon.
Park Concessions offer kayak tours
as well as bike, canoe, paddleboard and kayak
rentals. Call 239-765-7788 for concession
info. Geocachers will find six caches hidden in
the park. Free Ranger programs are offered
throughout the month. Birding, sea turtles,
fishing, wading and estuary tours are a few
examples. Call 239-463-4588 for ranger
program information.
LOVERS KEY STATE PARK
NEWTON PARK
Lovers Key State Park, just south of
Fort Myers Beach, offers a variety of activities
for visitors. The park is made up of four barrier
islands. A two-mile long beach, accessible by
tram or boardwalk is popular for shelling and
swimming. Black Island has over 5 miles of
multi-use trails for biking and hiking. A haven
for wildlife, the islands and their waters are
home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose
dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits
and bald eagles.
In the early 1900s the islands were
accessible only by boat. It was said that only
lovers made the effort to get to this romantic
island, thus the name Lovers Key. A road to
the island was built in 1965. Local legend
hints that Black Island got its name from Black
Augustus, a pirate who had been captured by
authorities, and later escaped, making this
island his home for the remainder of his life.
Fish camps were located on Black Island from
the early 1900s until the late 1950s. Then, in
the 1960s and 1970s, the four barrier islands
were slated for development. Preparations for
development damaged the islands. Mangrove
swamps were altered to uplands by dredging a
canal through Black Island. In 1983, the state
acquired the islands and in 1996, merged
with adjacent Carl E. Johnson County Park
to become Lovers Key Carl E. Johnson State
Park.
Visitors often wonder about the
unassuming beach cottage located mid-island
near Publix. Offering a tiki hut, picnic tables,
restrooms, parking and the Newton home,
Seven Seas, Newton Park is a favorite with
residents and visitors.
Island resident Jim Newton wrote
“Uncommon Friends” a book detailing his
personal relationships with some key figures
of the twentieth century including Thomas
Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and
Charles Lindbergh. The Lindbergh’s frequently
visited Newton’s beachfront home, “Seven
Seas” on Fort Myers Beach. Ellie Newton also
penned two books at Seven Seas.
In 2003, the Town of Fort Myers
Beach obtained a grant, which, combined
with Tourist Development Council and Town
park impact fees have helped to develop the
property into a passive park and community
gathering spot for all to enjoy.
Each Tuesday morning at 9am, a
free guided beach walk is offered at Newton
Park exploring the natural treasures that wash
ashore on Estero Island beaches.
The Seven Seas beach cottage
once held large tea parties that the Newton’s
would host. Islanders can now host their own
parties at Seven Seas by renting it for private
events. Newton Park, 4650 Estero Blvd, FMB.
Call 239-765-0865 for information.
MOUND HOUSE
Mound House is Estero Island’s
oldest standing structure and sits on an ancient
Calusa Indian Mound along Estero Bay. 2,000
years of island life are revealed in tours and
educational programs at the Mound House.
Situated on Estero Bay, the site is
accessible by boat and motor traffic and visitors
are encouraged to picnic on the park grounds
and enjoy the beautiful view. Overflow parking
is available at the Beach Baptist Church at the
corner of Estero Blvd and Connecticut St.
After years of hard work by hundreds
of volunteers and dedication from the Town of
Fort Myers Beach, the William H. Case House
was finally restored to its 1921 grandeur late
last year and the new museum and museum
store opened just in time for Christmas.
Now there is much to see and do
at this historic property. Stroll the pet-friendly
grounds with its native landscaping, visit the
observation pier, watch kayaks launch to
enjoy the Calusa Blueway Kayak Trail, gaze
at the back bay imagining the view filled with
Calusa canoes filled with shells. Join the fun
by participating in a Guided Eco Kayak Tour,
offered every Tuesday and on the first and third
Saturdays. Access to the grounds is free. For
a small entry fee, visitors can tour the Mound
House Museum and Shell Mound Exhibit.
Once in the museum, be sure
to take a leisurely trip back in time via the
amazing collection of historical photographs in
the second floor Digging Deeper Exploration
Gallery display. In addition to the photographs,
there are several hands-on exhibits that kids
of all ages will enjoy. Or stop by the Cuban
Rancho area that gives visitors an idea of
what life was like for the Cuban fisherman
who would travel to the area for months at
a time to fish. Calusa artifacts and tools are
on display along with panels explaining the
Calusa culture. The Period Room on the first
floor offers a look at what the house looked
like in 1909. The unique Shell Mound Exhibit
next to the house offers a cut-away view of
the mound itself detailing the age and history
of the mound. Visitors should allow at least a
couple hours to fully explore all there is to see
in the museum.
There are also a variety of new
‘specialty tours’ taking place on Tuesdays. In
April, these include “History Meets Biology
on Apr. 5th; ‘Shells of our Shores’ on Apr. 12;
‘History of the Mound House’ on Apr. 19th; and
‘People of the Mound House’ on Apr. 16. Also
be sure and check out the ‘Caloosa Carvers’,
who will be on site on Apr. 5th and 19th giving
demonstrations of their incredible craft.
Tickets to the Mound House
museum are $10 for ages 13 and up; $8 for
students with a college ID; $5 for ages 6-12,
with ages 5 and under free. Tickets for Fort
Myers Beach residents are 50% off with proof
of residence (license, utility or tax bill). From
January 1-April 30 the museum will be open
Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-4pm. After May
1, it will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and
Saturday from 9am-4pm.
The Ticket Office and Museum
Entrance are located in the Museum Store.
Parking is at Beach Baptist Church at the
corner of Estero Blvd. and Connecticut
Street - though a new parking area is under
construction at 216 Connecticut. Shuttle
available. Call 239-765-0865 or visit the
website at www.moundhouse.org for more
information.
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Teacher: What exactly is MATH?
Boy: Mental Abuse To Humans
What is a bunny’s favorite music?
Hip-hop.
In the beginning, God created the
heaven and the earth... After that,
everything else was Made in China.
Teacher: Tell me a sentence that
starts with an “I”.
Student: I is the...
Teacher: Stop! Never put ‘is’ after an
“I”. Always put ‘am’ after an “I”.
Student: OK. I am the ninth letter of
the alphabet.
Why was the computer tired when
he got home?
Because he had a hard drive.
Q: What is a banana’s favorite
gymnastic move?
A: The splits!
Ms.Battle: Henry, I hope I didn’t see
you copying Casey’s math test.
Henry: I hope you didn’t either.
Son: I can’t go to school today.
Father: Why not?
Son: I don’t feel so well.
Father: Where does it hurt?
Son: In school.
A boy speeding on road.
Guard stops him and ask, “Did you
see the speed limit sign?”
The boy says, “Yea, I just didnt see
you.”
Mother: What did you learn in
school today
Son: How to write.
Mother: What did you write?
Son: I don’t know, they haven’t
taught us how to read yet!
Q: What do you get if you mix a
rabbit and a snake?
A: A jump rope!
Caller: (Dials in 911) Hello officer, I
broke my arm in 3 places!
Officer: Then stop going to those
places.
Teacher: What makes you see?
Bobyjack: My eyes, my nose and my
ears.
Teacher: True for the eyes but why
for your ears and nose?
Bobyjack: It’s to hold my glasses!!!
A kid asks his father:
Kid: Daddy why do i have to go to
bed?
Dad: Because the bed won’t come
to you.
Q: What is a sheep’s favorite sport?
A: Baaasket baaall!!!
Teacher: Be sure that you go
straight home
Student: I can’t, I live just round the
corner!
Puzzle answers
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