A Junonia Find!


We always love seeing longtime annual guest Denise B. from Brazil, IN, but we especially love seeing her after one of her shelling finds!

This year, she showed off a beautiful junonia she found just in front of Casa Ybel Resort, right next door.

May it bring you years of happy memories, Denise!

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A 5K Run on the Runway

A group of Florida International Air Show 5K runners in front of a DC3


Laura Collins has seen what Special Olympics Florida can do for a person with intellectual disabilities. “There’s not just an increase in physical fitness and good health,” said Collins, director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Florida. “There’s an increase in self-esteem and self-worth. It helps you become a contributing member of society.”

The Florida International Air Show recognizes the impact Special Olympics Florida has had on the 54,000 who participate in the program and will again support the effort through its 5K run,  » Read more

Learning Floral Design


Learn floral design, just in time for the holidays!

For the second year in a row, Floral Artistry of Sanibel will host a floral design workshop by Dutch Master Florist Mark Frank.

Due to the popularity of last year’s event, he will teach two separate workshops this year – one using traditional design methods, and another with a modern approach to florals. Participants will create their own centerpieces from fresh flowers that they can take home.  » Read more

Pucker Up!

Photo from Key Lime Bistro on Captiva Island


Today is National Key Lime Day!

As local food critic Jean Le Bouef says, “In Florida we celebrate year-round. Ours is a state that lives and breathes Key limes. These tart little fruits infuse our cocktails, our doughnuts, our humidity-clogged pores.”  To read about nine of his favorite tangy tweets from Southwest Florida,  » Read more

Birds of a Feather


Our friends at The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel know just how fascinating we find the many feathered friends that make their home along our shores.

In fact, they’ve made a list of the “Top Nine” birds you’re sure to spot in our area, which is home to countless species of native and migratory birds.

You don’t even have to grab your binoculars!   » Read more

Blessing of the Fleet


The “Blessing of the Fleet” is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities and is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet is planned for Saturday, September 28 at the Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City.  The boats tie up along the shore and rose petals are scattered on their decks by several of the fishermen’s daughters.   » Read more

Peace Out!


The 12th annual Southwest Florida Peace Day celebration returns to the Alliance for the Arts tomorrow, September 22. The festival is held in conjunction with the International Day of Peace, a day celebrated worldwide each year today.

Peace Day will feature crafts, workshops, activities for kids of all ages, yoga and meditations, sing-alongs, education, key-note speakers and more. In addition, there will be food trucks offering delicious vegetarian,  » Read more

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