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Opera Returns to the Island


Gulfshore Opera will return to Sanibel with two concerts for its sixth season.

The GO Cabaret returns to the Sanibel Community House on Jan. 25 with “A Salute to Louis Armstrong.”  GO Artists in Residence, accompanied by a jazz trio, salute Louis Armstrong.  Enjoy selections by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.  Tickets are $45 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres.  » Read more

Mermaid Money


Just saw this article from Narcity entitled “This Florida Beach is the Best Place to find Intact Sand Dollars!”

It starts:

“Whether you’re a serious sheller or casual beach-goer, hunting around in the shallows for your very own nautical treasures is a great way to pass to time, and save money. If you’re looking for the best beach in Florida to find sand dollars,  » Read more

By Women, About Women


LUNAFEST, a traveling festival featuring a collection of short films that highlight female filmmakers and raise awareness about women’s lives, is returning to the islands for its third year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. tonight for the 7:00 p.m. showing at the Sanibel Community House.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of event host Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, this year’s tickets will be free.  » Read more

Movie Buffs Will Love This!


Described as “smart, sassy and delightful,” the first licensed production of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody” is opening at The Laboratory Theater of Florida in Fort Myers.

A mysterious invitation finds Blanche Dubois on a train to New Orleans. She shares the train with hard-drinking couple George and Martha who are intent on depleting the entire bar car while delivering scathing advice on life and marriage before it arrives at its destination.  » Read more

The Tour de Cape


If you’re into bicycling, this is the time to be in Cape Coral, as our neighboring city stages the 29th annual Tour de Cape this weekend.

The recreational fun event – taken more seriously by some cyclists than others – include 15-, 30-, 60- and 100-mile courses throughout the northwest and southwest region of Cape Coral.

This year’s event kicks off with a 5K run (8:00 a.m.) and 3-mile Kids Ride (10:30 a.m.) on Saturday,  » Read more

Sanibel Sunsets


Scientifically speaking, the colors of the sunset result from a phenomenon called scattering. Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter. Scattering affects the color of light coming from the sky, but the details are determined by the wavelength of the light and the size of the particle.

You can read all about the physics here,  » Read more

Cooking in the Sun with Friends


After more than 20 years of holding cooking classes at The Timbers, the Jacaranda and now the Sanibel Community House, renowned chef Loretta Paganini is headed back to the island for a week-long series of classes January 27 – 31, 2020.

First step, grab a copy of her book, “My Sanibel Kitchen” featuring some of her favorite recipes, chef tips and island anecdotes from what she calls her “personal journey of 20 years of cooking in the sun with friends.”  » Read more

A Peek at the New Shell Museum


The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is still putting the finishing touches on its major renovation, but is now open to all visitors!

They tell us that they have more programs, exhibits and activities then ever before, including the new “Coral Reefs: Nurseries of the Sea” exhibit.

The final element of their renovation — the new Living Collection Gallery (aquarium) — will open in March,  » Read more

Twice His Size!


A 48-pound boy caught a 100-pound sandbar shark last week on Captiva Island.

“When the fight was over, I was screaming, running on the beach,” Steele Floyd, 8, of Sanibel Island told WINK-Channel 11.

Steele made the catch within about 10 minutes last Wednesday with a little help from his father, Captain C.J. Floyd of Catchin’ Jiants Charter of Captiva Island,  » Read more

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