A Mollusk Matinee

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Photo courtesy of the Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum.

Take in a matinee of a slightly different sort on your next visit to Sanibel Island!

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, a perfect location to learn more about the fascinating world of mollusks and related subjects, will feature a season full of “Mollusk Matinées” this year.

Museum staff will be presenting these fun,  » Read more

Everyone Has A Story To Tell

StoryCorps recording studio 1

StoryCorps recording studio 2

StoryCorps recording studio 3

StoryCorps recording studio 4

What a unique idea! Thanks to our friends at “Florida Weekly” for the article, written by Nancy Stetson, and photos.

Think of it as a kitchen table that’s traveled all over the country, or a moveable campfire.

The Airstream trailer tucked in the corner of the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library parking lot has been the site of thousands of conversations — touching,  » Read more

“Tree City USA”

tree city USA

With a nickname like “City of Palms,” it’s no surprise that neighboring Fort Myers is a perennial recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” distinction. For the 25th consecutive year, the foundation has honored Fort Myers for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Fort Myers achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: A tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance,  » Read more

Cooking with the Island Stars

cooking with the stars

Everyone will have the opportunity to witness the first preview of the Sanibel Community House in action as local family chefs share their signature recipe, family history during the second annual Cooking with the Island Stars.

“It’s a good way to show off the new features and raise money for the Culinary Education Center of Sanibel to stock the pantry and buy things for the kitchen,”  » Read more

Sanibel’s Founding Mothers

Sanibel's Founding Mothers

Earlier this month, the Women of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church presented “Sanibel’s Founding Mothers,” a play written and directed by parishioner Dory Rooker. The skit presented a picture of everyday life on Sanibel as seen through the eyes of early women settlers.

As inspiration for writing the play, Rooker points to her passion for women’s history. “Women have often been left out of our history.  » Read more

Our Panther Population

Florida panther
Photo courtesy of SCCF

An interesting article recently published by our friends at the Island Sun:

When Alexis Horn, public outreach coordinator for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), was growing up, she said that the Florida panther – hunted to the brink of extinction – was sort of a “mythical creature.” “When I was a kid, there were only about 20 or 30 panthers left in the wild,” Horn said during her January 12 lecture delivered at the SCCF Nature Center.  » Read more

New Cooking Classes for Kids!

cooking class for kids

The Culinary Education Center at the Sanibel Community House is now offering a variety of cooking classes for children and teens.

Using their new commercial kitchen and community garden, young people will explore farm-to-table cooking, global flavors, and regional specialties. They will learn basic culinary skills, food safety, and kitchen etiquette. A special emphasis will be placed on inspiring kids to explore food choices for a lifetime of good health.  » Read more

’20 Days of Music’ for the Community

Jenson Marina

Stop by Jensen’s Twin Palm Cottages and Marina Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. for an ensemble performance.

Thanks to our friends at CaptivaSanibel.com for the following article!

From Captiva to Clewiston, Boca Grande to Bonita Springs, the community can participate in more than 20 free music activities throughout the region with the Gulf Coast Symphony’s “20 Days of Music” program through Feb.  » Read more

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