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A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach



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February 2018 FREE A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach A Publication of FortMyersBeach.news page 2 SAND LIFE February 2018 February 2018 SAND LIFE page 3 Cover Artist: Kathy Summer Kathy Summer is a Florida
February 2018 FREE A Daily Guide to Fun on the Beach A Publication of FortMyersBeach.news page 2 SAND LIFE February 2018 February 2018 SAND LIFE page 3 Cover Artist: Kathy Summer Kathy Summer is a Florida resident who recently retired as an Information System Analyst from the Illinois Department of Transportation. She is thrilled to be able to pursue her life long interest in art, creating works in pastel, acrylic and watercolor. Kathy loves living in Paradise, painting, dancing, playing pickleball and volunteering at her church and other non-profits. She is a member of the Fort Myers Beach Art Association. Awesome Sauce! Living the Life! Awesome Sauce is the musical duo of Kat Gracie and John Kiesling. We perform some of everything, said Kat, as I am a little bit country and Johnny is a little bit rock & roll, and on the beach you have to be ready to play to the crowd. Favorite audience requests tend to be for The Eagles, Beatles and Janis Joplin, and we sneak in Dave Matthews, as Johnny is his #1 fan, but really it is whatever gets people going, because we love what we do, and our office is the beach, so we are living the life! Kat began singing as soon as I could talk, and was quickly eating, sleeping and drinking it, growing up in Detroit. When in high school, I had a teacher tell me it was time to decide what I wanted to do in life, and when I said singing, he replied I would never make it as I was horrible! I am the type that if you say that to me, I bend over backwards to prove you wrong. Sixteen college scholarships later, I think I won! John is from Pennsylvania, but has been here since 1996, Kat explained, living for years on Fort Myers Beach, but is now in Cape Coral with his wife and two children. He is a drummer and guitarist who has played with everybody and is one of the nicest guys ever, a great family man, and amazing person. I moved down with my husband four years ago, looked for a band, and joined a group with whom Johnny drummed, but about a year later, that fell apart. Johnny is also a terrific guitarist and suggested we form a duo and Awesome Sauce began three years ago. The best part is we do not have to drag a bunch of equipment around I joke you only get paid to set up, as that is such a pain, while we entertain for free, as that is such joy. Awesome Sauce plays for the past three years each Saturday at The Salty Crab from 1 to 5 p.m., the Fish House the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m., and at Del Tura off US41 in North Fort Myers the second Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. To book Awesome Sauce, visit their website AwesomeSauceBand. com or see them on Facebook at JohnnyKatAwesomeSauce. As for how they came up with their name, That is kind-of funny, laughed Kat! When my husband and I were getting married, we learned we could choose our last name, so we thought, Mr. & Mrs. Awesome Sauce, but our families vetoed that! When Johnny and I formed the duo, I suggested it because he is such an Awesome musician and I am so goofy, everyone thinks I am on the Sauce, even though neither of us drink! Everybody loves and remembers it, so it works out better than good. Gary Mooney #4 ON BEACH MAP page 4 SAND LIFE February 2018 All Month FORT MYERS BEACH COMMUNITY POOL 2600 Oak Street, FMB. Open MO, WE, FR, SA & SU 10am- 4pm. Water Aerobics 10-11am MO, WE & FR. Lap Swimming lanes available MO, WE & FR 11am 2pm; SA all day; SU 10am 1pm FORT MYERS BEACH ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Located at the corner of Donora and Shell Mound. (3030 Shell Mound on your smart phone) Winter Juried Show, 50 Shades, Jan 15- Feb 15. Spring Juried Show Feb 19-Mar 22. Visit website for class and workshop schedule. Free admission. Gallery Hours: MO-SA 10am-3pm BAY OAKS RECREATIONAL CAMPUS Membership is free for all island February 2018 Entertainment Guide residents. Visitors always welcome. Open MO FR 7:30-am- 9pm and SA 10am-9pm with activities for individuals and families. Pick up a newsletter for a daily list of activities, or call for more information. Closed Feb Oak St., FMB. HISTORIC COTTAGE Island museum located at 161 Bay Rd, FMB, at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve, houses a collection of artifacts, photos and memorabilia of life on Estero Island. Free. Open WE and SA 10am-Noon. 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 and visitors. Come see this historic treasure and check out the museum store! Grounds open sunrise to sunset at no charge. Museum Open TU -- SA, 9am-4pm. 451 Connecticut Street. Call for more information. FORT MYERS BEACH LIBRARY Books, newspapers, magazines, Wi-Fi, public computers and fascinating collections. Visitors welcome! Hours: MO FR 9am-5pm; SA 9am-1pm. Library closed Feb 19. The Knotty Bean Café is open MO-FR 10am- 2:30pm on the third floor with beverages and treats. Visit the Friends Used Book Store on the 3rd floor, open MO-FR 9:15am- 4:45pm. The Library is located at 2755 Estero Blvd, FMB Thursday, February 1 8am SHIFT Step; 9am Yoga; 9am Body Sculpt; 10:30am- 1:30pm Pickleball; 6pm Youth Flag Football. Bay Oaks Recreation Center. Contact Bay Oaks VENUE ADDRESSES ON PG. 26 for program costs and information 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, SENIOR KAYAK TRIP 9am, Bay Oaks. This Bay Oaks Social Senior trip will head to Manatee Park in Fort Myers. Van leaves at 9am $25. Registration required YOGA 9am, Bay Oaks. Vinyasa Flow All Levels. Experience the fitness and relaxation benefits of yoga! No experience necessary. Learn the postures and techniques in a fun and friendly environment. Mats and hand weights provided if needed. Offered every TU & TH. $12 mem- Cont d pg.6 LIST YOUR EVENTS IN SAND LIFE!! This calendar of local entertainment and events is provided as a FREE SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, with priority given to our advertisers and local non-profit organizations. Event information is provided by the venue or sponsoring organization and is accurate as of press time, but is subject to change. To have your information included in SAND LIFE, send it to by the 15th of the preceding month. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SAND LIFE Published by The Island Sand Paper An independently owned and operated island magazine. Bob Layfield, Publisher Missy Layfield, Editor Gary Mooney, Lead Writer Sarah List, Photographer Mark List, Production Manager Mike Buster, Circulation Manager Sandy Sandness, Advertising PHONE Office: MAIL 450 Old San Carlos Blvd. Unit G-108 Ft. Myers Beach, Florida WEBSITE fortmyersbeach.news The Island Sand Paper encourages all Islanders to submit articles, photos and cartoons for consideration for inclusion in future publications. All submissions will be evaluated as to whether it relates to island life and is of interest to its readers. COPYRIGHT 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this magazine may be copied or reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher of The Island Sand Paper. 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 451 Connecticut Street (on bay side) FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT ADDRESSES SEE PG 26 February 2018 SAND LIFE page 5 Trolleys have space for bicycles too. Photo by Gary Mooney. Anyone who has ever visited Fort Myers Beach in-season knows that the search for a parking space can put a dent in your trip to Paradise, and if you locate one, you ll pay dearly for the privilege! Lee Tran, however, offers two options to help transport you conveniently and inexpensively around the island. LeeTran opened the Beach Park & Ride in mid-december 2017 in South Fort Myers at Summerlin Square Drive, near Summerlin and Pine Ridge Roads. Beach trolleys from there to the beach operate daily with the exception of major holidays Of Trolleys & Trams New Options to Counter Beach Traffic & Parking from roughly 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and in season until 10 p.m. The station is at a prime location, where seasonal traffic to Fort Myers Beach often backs up, enabling it to entice visitors to take the trolley as a legitimate option. It serves three primary routes: 1.) Trolleys #490 to Fort Myers Beach, connecting to #410 down to Lovers Key, 2.) #130 to the Edison Mall, and 3.) #50, to Southwest Florida International Airport. Kiosks let you know the estimated time of arrival for each, electronically as well as verbally in English and Spanish. The station has three areas to shelter patrons from the sun and rain, with water fountains, soft drink machine, restrooms, four outdoor workstations, 16 charging units for cells and tablets, 12 electric outlets, a 125-car free parking lot and security cameras, with everything ADA-accessible including the trolleys, all for a 75-cent fare! ($2/all day) Exact change needed. Trolleys can transport bicycles on their front racks. High-profile stops include Bowditch Point Park, Lynn Hall Park, Times Square, Beach Library, Santini Marina Plaza and Lovers Key State Park. The trolley is clean, and its big, wide windows offer a panoramic view, especially when facing the beach and Gulf. The on-board monitor constantly updates the time as well as the next stop, intersection and upcoming landmarks. The RIDE LEETRAN app lets users find the nearest stop and track buses. Available for iphones and Android phones. Sometime in February, LeeTran plans to initiate two free step-on Trams to service the prime visitor section of Fort Myers Beach. Trams will begin at Bowditch Point Park at the northern tip of Fort Myers Beach, pass Lynn Hall Park and Times Square and head south down Estero, before turning around near Matanzas Pass Preserve and the Beach Library. Trams will connect with the Beach Park & Ride Trolleys at Times Square and Lovers Key trolley service at Matanzas Pass Preserve, with 22 beach access stops on their routes. The open-air trams will be free to ride, rather than the 75-cent trolley charge. The two trams will replace two existing trolleys, while offering triple the seating due to their open nature over the enclosed trolleys, with two employees on each tram to ensure passenger safety. For more information, schedules, or to purchase trolley multiple day passes, call (LEE-TRAN) or see Gary Mooney Seafood Steaks Cocktails Lunch Dinner Beachside Sandwiches Share your food and drink photos with #PierSideEats piersidegrill.com Open Daily 11 a.m p.m. Next to the Public Pier page 6 SAND LIFE February 2018 CONT D FROM PG.4 THURSDAY, FEB 1 bers; $14 nonmembers. Contact Laura with any questions LIFE IN THE MANGROVES 9:30-11am, Matanzas Pass Preserve. Join Florida Master Naturalist Jim Rodwell for a free, guided, inspirational and educational walk through Matanzas pass Preserve every TH. Discover the diverse plant & animal life in this unique preserve. Free, limited parking. 10am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery. Winter Juried Show 50 Shades on exhibit through Feb 15. Free admission and parking. Gallery hours are MO-SA 10am- 3pm SENIOR SOFTBALL 10am, Bay Oaks Recreation Center Field. Want to get outside and have some fun?, Come out to Bay Oaks field any TU or TH at 10am. Open to ages 50+. No need to bring a glove if you don t already have one. Men & women welcome. Let s have some fun! Questions? Call Ed INSIDE PASSAGE KAYAK TOUR 10am-2pm, Lovers Key State Park. Enjoy learning about the creatures and plants on the waterways of this State Park from your naturalist guide. $60. Reservations required WOLVES 10:30am, Beach Library. Presentation by Theresa Schultz and Lois DelGrosso from the Shy Wolf Sanctuary will discuss this refuge. SENIOR GAME DAY 10:30am 1:30pm, Bay Oaks. Social Seniors invite you to stop by and join in a game of cards, dominoes or other table games during Game Day. Held every MO, TU, TH & FR. Snacks and refreshments will be available. For more info call Bay Oaks CALUSA INDIAN SHELL MOUND TOUR 11am & 2pm, Mound House. Take a walking tour of the grounds that were once a Calusa Indian Village and learn about the history of the site, the variety of plantings and what lies beyond the mound. Adults $15 includes museum admission. Members free , moundhouse.org. SENIOR BRIDGE 12:30-3:30pm, Silver Hall Chapel by the Sea. Seniors of Fort Myers Beach and the surrounding area gather each MO & TH for an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie. All are welcome. $ MOUND HOUSE TOUR 1pm, Mound House. Guided Museum Tours. See inside a 2,000 year old Calusa Indian Shell Mound and experience a variety of hands-on interactives. 451 Connecticut. Adults $15 includes museum admission; Ages 6-12 $10. Members free Moundhouse.org WHAT DOCTORS WISH PATIENTS KNEW 1:30pm, Beach Library. Seven secret steps everyone should take before their next medical visit by Kathleen McMillan, PharmD and Suzanne Fiscella, PA-C. Gain confidence and the tools necessary to advocate for yourself medically. LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR 1:30pm, Beach Library. James F. Lee will teach basic chords. Pre-register and bring your guitar if you have one, but it s not necessary SUNSET KAYAK TOUR 4pm, Mound House. Catch a beautiful sunset while exploring the tidal creeks and winding mangrove tunnels in the backwaters of Estero Bay. Unique tour offers rare opportunity to experience the estuary s abundant life in the quiet of twilight. Reservations required , $50; members $25, All paddling equipment provided. Also offered Feb 9, 17 and ; moundhouse.org SONGWRITERS AT SUNSET 4:30pm, Lovers Key State Park. Friends of Lovers Key and the Americana Community Music Association offer a monthly series of free acoustic concerts of all original music at the beachfront gazebo in the park. This month Ray Cerbone, Kip Lawrence and Houseboat Jim will perform. Beach BBQ begins at 3:30pm, so come early. Seating available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair or blanket and bug spray. Free with paid park entry. Future concerts will be March 1 and Apr 5. Friendsofloverskey.org SUNSET BEACH YOGA 5pm, Pink Shell Resort. Open to guests and non-guests. Bring towel/mat, water, sunglasses & sunscreen. $10. Weather permitting. Offered each TU morning at 11am and TH afternoon at 5pm or sunset SUNSET SINGALONG 5pm, Bowditch Point Park. All are welcome to join this acoustic Sing Along featuring classics from the Beatles, Everly Bros, Motown, Elvis and more. Lyrics are available. Some seating available so bring a chair if you need to sit. Offered every TH. Free with paid parking. Musicians are invited to bring their instrument. Offered weekly through Mar. 8. THURSDAY, FEB 1 Mike Glean 12-4pm and 6-10pm, Bill Zink, 1-5pm; Anthony Wayne, 6-10pm, PierSide Jeff Greene, 1-5pm; Chris Kemp 6-10pm, Salty Crab Scotty Bryan, 1-5pm; Lonza Barlett, 5:30-9:30pm, Nauti Parrot Laurie Star Duo 3-6pm; Karaoke w/brenda, Shark Bar DJ TK 1-5pm, Lani Kai Beach Bar Two Hands 5-8pm. Outrigger Color of Sound 5-8pm, Island View at Lani Kai Mary Winner 5-9pm, Petey s Upper Deck Kelly Neff Bobby Blakey 5:30-8:30pm, Dixie Fish Tyler Kluesner 6-9pm, Beached Whale Karaoke 6-9pm, Surf Club James Gragg 6-10pm, Pete s Time Out Dave Collaton 6-10pm. SOB s Pain N Grass 6:30-9:30pm, Cracker Box Frank Torino 7-10pm, Parrot Key Charlie Moon 7:30-9:30, Sunset Beach VENUE ADDRESSES ON PG. 26 Torched Soulixer 9pm-1am, Club Ohana, Lani Kai Friday, February 2 CYCLE 61 FITNESS CLASSES 8am Spin; 9:30am Senior Spin & Tone. Beach Baptist Church. Join the spin or Senior Spin & Tone class for 60 minutes of cardio and strengthening. Spin or Senior Spin $7/class. Instructor Sue Anderson Offered MO, WE & FR. FLEA MARKET 8am-2pm, Bayside Estates, San Carlos Blvd, FMB. Treasures, appliances, collectibles, fishing, jewelry and more. What will you find? Chinese Auction and Quilt Raffle, plus chili, hot dogs & donuts. Also on Feb 3 from 8am-noon. 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. Offered every FR. Free with paid parking am Spin Cycle; 9am Zumba; 10:30am-1:30pm Pickleball; 6-9pm Open Gym; 6:30-8:30pm Teen Basketball. Classes open to all, Contact Bay Oaks for details on costs and programs PILSEN DAY 9am-5pm, Beach Library. Stop in to enjoy the ongoing music, crafts, discussions and dance events with the Pilsen Regional Group from the Czech Republic. See full list of activities at the library. BARRIER ISLAND RAMBLE 9:30-11am, Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd, FMB. Discover the constantly changing features of the barrier island ecosystem in this guided walk. Earn how the plants and animal adapt to life on this fragile spit of sand. Wear comfortable clothing, shoes that can get wet and bring water, bug spray, binoculars and camera. February 2018 SAND LIFE page 7 Offered every FR & other TU (Feb 13 & 27). LeeParks.org BRIDGE 9:30am 2pm, FMB Woman s Club. All bridge players are invited to enjoy a day of social bridge. Coffee & snacks provided. Bring a bagged lunch and enjoy some good company. Beverages are served. $5/non-members and $3/members. Proceeds support community activities. Offered every TU & FR. Do not need to be a member to play, all are welcome. If you would like to play contact Claire Langer WATER AEROBICS 10-11am, Beach Pool. Low impact fitness class performed in water to increase heart rate and improve cardiovascular fitness. Offered MO, WE & FR am-3pm, FMB Art Association Gallery, KAYAK TOUR 10am-2pm, Bunche Beach. GAEA Guides offers this tour, Bird Beaches & Mangrove Creeks of Bunche Beach &San Carlos Bay. Explore the shallow waters and mangrove tunnels with lots of birds and other creatures. $55, includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist Guide. Reservation needed SENIOR GAME DAY 10:30am 1:30pm, Bay Oaks. MOUND HOUSE TOUR 1pm, Mound House. MODEL TRAIN TOURS 1:30-3:30pm, Shell Point. Enjoy a free tour of the Gulf Coast Model Railroad a 43-foot by 41-foot miniature train attraction. Spot hundreds of recognizable landmarks and notable sites throughout Florida. Free tours offered MO, WE & FR by Shell Point volunteers. Located on The Island as Shell Point Retirement Community located on Summerlin Rd, 2 miles east of the Sanibel Causeway CALUSA INDIAN SHELL MOUND TOUR 2pm, Mound House. SUNSET CELEBRATION 5-10pm, Times Square. Gather in Times Square to watch the sun set and enjoy food & fun, plus a free live music concert with High Tide. BOBBY VALLI SOLID GOLD SHOW 6:00 & 9:00pm, FMB Woman s Club. Yesteryear Entertainment presents Bobby Valli singing hits from the 60 s & 70 s. Also Elvis Presley and Tom Pizzi. Additional shows on Feb 3 at 6 & 9pm. Tickets $50-$60. Cash bar. For tickets call Jerry or com FRIDAY, FEB 2 Anthony Wayne 12-4pm; Bernie Hyland 4:30-8:30pm, Salty Crab RaShimba 12-4pm; Old School Charlie 6-10pm, Sherrin, 1-5pm; Jeff Whidby, 6-10pm, PierSide Mike Glean, 1-5pm; CJ & Friends, 6-10pm, Nauti Parrot DJ G-Ride Allen Small 5-8pm. Outrigger James Gragg 5-8pm, Surf Club Tyler Kluesner Mark Wesley 5:30-9:30pm, Dixie Fish Obe Gonzalez 6-9pm, Beached Whale Daniel D 6-9pm, Petey s Upper Deck Anthony Wayne 6-10pm. SOB s Crackerbox Band 7-10pm, Cracker Box Double Dare 7-10pm, Parrot Key Barstool Bandits 7:30-9:30, Sunset Beach Backlash A200 9:30pm-1:30am, Club Ohana, Lani Kai Saturday, February 3 MORNING MEANDER 8am, Lakes Park. This easy walk along clear paths offers an opportunity to view birds in native vegetation with experienced Bird Patrol Guides pointing out the many species
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